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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Sunday, February 25, 2007
Posted 10:15 PM by Luigi
Fiji farmers cautioned on weather
The Agriculture Ministry is requesting farmers in the low-lying flood prone areas to take precautionary measures in a bid to minimize flood damages to their crops and livestock.
This request follows warnings from Director of Meteorology Rajendra Prasad, who said a tropical depression moving across the region is expected to bring more rain and gusty winds for the rest of the week.
According to the Director for Animal Health and Production, Joeli Vakabua, animals should be taken to higher grounds before the floods arrive and tied there.
"Animals should be moved during daylight and not at night or in the hours of darkness where flying or drifting roofing materials could injure both animals and humans," advised Mr Vakabua.
"Farmers also have to be wary of culverts and other waterways created by floods and keep family members and animals away from them." He also added that after the flood, grass should be cut for livestock while awaiting human rehabilitation and assistance.
Acting Principal Agriculture Officer (Central) Uraia Waibuta also commented on the current weather pattern prevailing in and around the country and said that farmers need to be cautious.
"Soil conservation is an integral part of farming and if we continue to cut down trees and just use land anyhow, we should expect great damages to our farms," he said.
"That is the reason we are pleading with farmers to always take advice from us especially when it comes to soil conservation because that is the only way we can keep our crops from major damages," he explained.
"This weather will probably go on for a few more days since we are into the cyclone period, so it is best for farmers to follow these precautionary measures so that losses are at a minimum."
Farmers have been asked to seek further advice from agricultural staff in the various localities whether it is crops or livestock.
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