Relief fund for farmers, fishermen


Local farmers, fish farmers and fishermen who suffered serious losses caused by the recent rainstorm disaster can register for assistance from an emergency relief fund from September 12 to 20.


The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department made the announcement today and explained that its preliminary investigation has revealed that some farms and fishponds in the New Territories as well as some fishing vessels were affected by the rainstorm disaster.


An appropriate amount of the relief fund will be released to affected farmers, fish farmers and fishermen according to established criteria, it added.


Affected farmers who need to apply for the fund can register in person at the department’s Agricultural Extension Office at 5/F, Yuen Long Government Offices or submit their applications online.


Enquiries can be made by calling 2476 2424 during office hours.


Local farmers who have already filed their applications due to the impact of Typhoon Saola earlier do not need to apply again for this rainstorm disaster. The department will evaluate the damage situation altogether.


As for affected pond fish farmers and fishermen, they may register at the department’s office in Yuen Long or Cheung Sha Wan, or submit applications online.


Enquiries related to pond fish culture can be made by calling 2471 9174, while those needing answers to questions about fishing vessels can call 2150 7099.


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