Agricultural Recovery Set Back By Fiji Floods

Recovering from cyclone Winston 10 months ago, will likely need substantial assistance

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, December 19, 2016) – A farmers' union in Fiji says that heavy flooding will have a devastating effect on an already struggling agriculture sector.

Much of the western and central divisions have been affected by widespread flooding, which has damaged crops and infrastructure, and saw hundreds of people seek shelter in evacuation centres.

The general secretary of the National Farmers' Union, Mahendra Chaudhry, said the damage to crops has been substantial, particularly to root and vegetable plantations.

Mr Chaudhry said the problems were compounded by the fact that many farms had only just begun re-establishing themselves after they were devastated by Cyclone Winston ten months ago.

"Well of course lost incomes and there will be a shortage of vegetables and fruits and things like that, and of course because of that shortage the prices will be quite high. So it's going to be quite a struggle for them and people are still living in tents. It's not going to be a very good Christmas and New Year for them, I'm afraid," said Mahendra Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhry said many farmers were likely to need substantial assistance.

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