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Relief fund for farmers affected by heavy rainstorm
     Local farmers who suffered serious losses caused by the heavy rainstorm can register with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) from tomorrow (October 21) to October 31 for assistance from an emergency relief fund.

     An AFCD spokesman said today (October 20) that an appropriate amount of the relief fund would be released to affected farming households according to established criteria.
     The department's preliminary investigation has revealed that about 300 hectares of farmland in the New Territories were affected by the rainstorm.
     "After each typhoon 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."
     Applicants for the fund should register at the office of the Department's Extension and Funds Division at 5/F, Yuen Long Government Offices, 2 Kiu Lok Square, Yuen Long, or call 2476 2424 for enquiries.
Ends/Thursday, October 20, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:40
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