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Farmers urged to plant short term crops

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The Ministry of Agriculture is advising all affected and non-affected farmers in the Western Division to plant all available sweet potato (kumala) cuttings and short term flood resilient vegetables such as rourou and moca for short term food security.

Officers at the Ministry have also carried out a review of the flood affected areas and have recommended that another months worth of food rations be distributed to those areas.

Other areas that were not flooded have sufficient supply of food crops with breadfruit in abundance and sufficient supply of other root crops, fruits and vegetables.

The MOA has also confirmed that 95,000 kumala cuttings will be distributed to affected farmers within the next two weeks and under the Rehabilitation program while 50,000 dalo suckers will also be distributed as soon as farmers are able to plant.

As for food security in the Western Division, the Ministry has noted that the supply of root crop, vegetables and fruits to municipal markets and roadside stalls are starting to improve slowly.