December 16, 2020
The Ministry of Agriculture is advising farmers to take precautionary measures following a tropical cyclone warning that will affect most parts of the country.
Tropical Cyclone Yasa is likely to bring heavy rain and strong winds and farmers are urged to take heed of advisories issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service and secure their property, stock and life.
The Ministry is urging farmers who reside in flood prone areas to move their animals, machineries and farm implements to higher grounds and secure their livestock sheds.
It is advisable for farmers to also monitor their crops which are on flood prone areas to avoid losses during flooding. If crops are matured then it is advisable to harvest them before the crops get affected by flash floods and strong winds.
Planting materials can be moved to higher grounds which can be used after the flood has receded.
Farmers are also advised to be wary of culverts and other waterways created by floods and keep family members and animals away from them.
The Ministry officials will be closely monitoring the situation in their respective localities.