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Agriculture suffers $17.4m damage

April 10, 2012 1:52 am

Fiji’s Agriculture sector has suffered huge losses from the recent floods with recent figures totalling an estimated $17.4m.

The figure was reached following the Department of Agriculture’s completion of its assessment survey on farming areas that were devastated by the recent floods.

Agriculture Director Extension Uraia Waibuta told FBC News a total of 12,700 farmers were affected with over 1970 hectares of land.

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“This involves about 58 tikina’s and 7 provinces in the West and part of the central division that was affected by the flood. Actually the damage sustained was majority around the plotting areas of the Sigatoka Valley, parts of the Ba area and also in Ra.”

Waibuta says $16m were the cost of damaged in farming areas, $910,000 on livestock and $500,000 on the drainage system.

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