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AFCD provides assistance to farmers affected by heavy rainstorms

     Local farmers who suffered crop losses caused by the heavy rainstorms on May 22 and the subsequent hot weather may contact the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) for assistance, a department spokesman said today (June 7).

     The department's investigation has revealed that about 200 hectares of farmland in the New Territories were affected.

     "After each severe rainstorm or natural disaster, our staff will inspect farmland areas in the New Territories to assess the resultant damage," the spokesman said.

     "Depending on the gravity of the damage, we may launch an operation to provide some relief to affected farmers."

     Farmers can register with the AFCD from today to June 14 for assistance from an emergency relief fund.  An appropriate amount of the relief fund will be released to affected farming households according to the level of damage suffered.

     Applicants should register at the office of the Department's Agricultural Development Division on 5/F, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long, or call 2476 2424 for enquiries.

Ends/Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Issued at HKT 11:50


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