27 Jan 2009

Food still a concern for Fiji's flood victims

3:34 pm on 27 January 2009

Fiji's Western Division Commissioner says they must ensure that people have enough food following the devastating floods earlier this month.

More than 600 people are still sheltering in sixteen evacuation centres in the western division after their homes and food gardens were destroyed by the floods.

Joeli Rokovada says there's enough food that's being distributed among the affected people, but he adds they must also look into the near future to ensure supply.

"The focus is the maintanance of food security. We are implementing the agriculture re-distribution programme through the provision of seedlings to the farmers to ensure that crops, like sweet potatoes and vegetables, they should be ready in say three months time."

Joeli Rokovada says officials are also focusing on disease control and community education programmes.