19 Feb 2013

New Caledonian farmers to get payout after Freda damage

6:38 pm on 19 February 2013

The New Caledonian government has decided that more than two million US dollars will be given to farmers affected by tropical depression Freda at the end of December.

It says the funds will be disbursed from the farmers' insurance scheme and see payments go 540 members territory-wide.

Last month, the French overseas territories minister said heavy rain and high winds brought by Freda caused damage worth ten million US dollars in New Caledonia.

The minister, Victorin Lurel, said at thetime almost all damage reported was to public buildings.