North Guale farmers urge MP to clarify emergency relief fund

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

A concerned farmer from North Guadalcanal is calling on their Member of Parliament to explain the $300,000 allocated for damage caused by heavy rains in December last year.

In a walk-in interview yesterday, Mr Timothy Urobo Junior said he wants his Member of Parliament to explain why the fund was delayed and its current status.

He claims farmers in the constituency have not yet received anything.

Urobo said MPs have already met at the GP Office recently over the matter and have conducted assessment already with the farmers and community, thus they assume the emergency relief distribution should be taking place.

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Heavy rains in December last year had destroyed gardens and farms in the area, and had left many farmers in desperate need of assistance.

Meanwhile, Director for NDMO, Mr Loti Yates denies having released any $300,000 as alleged, but admits that they are aware that an assessment had been done by the Guadalcanal province.

He adds regarding the assessment the NDMO has supported the GP and plans for assistance is on the pipeline based on the assessment carried out by the GP team.

The local concerned farmers are based around Ngalimbiu Bridge, and during the heavy rain last month, they claimed that it had destroyed their long and short term crops for daily sustainable living.

Urobo as a banana farmer said he lost his farm, estimated to cost around $50,000.

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