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Ravages Of Floods Destroys Crops: Farmer

Ravages Of Floods Destroys Crops: Farmer
The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
April 06
11:00 2017

Peniasi Naimoso is a 52-years-old farmer in Vutia Village in Rewa. His main source of income has been farming root crops, but now he is struggling to find land to plant.

Around September last year, Mr Naimoso planted close to 500 dalo plants some 100 metres inland from the shore on the island.

That would have earned him thousands of dollars. But, his hard work was washed away, literally during the flooding which accompanied TD04 last December.

“The bad weather that December did not just wash away the plants, it washed away the soil and that entire 100 or so metres of land was gone, just like that,” Mr Naimoso said.

Today, the leftover plants which survived the impact of TD04 is on the riverbank.

“When I did the planting, it was all the way inside. Now, it is on the river bank, all that land is no more.”

Fiji  Sun travelled down the Rewa River along the villages in Rewa Province. Where there was land not too long ago, the river flows freely and people need to travel in boats where they once walked the shore.

 

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The place which was once dry land is now under water in the province of Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The place which was once dry land is now under water in the province of Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

The effects of climate change taking place at Vutia village, Rewa on April 5, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau

“We have seen the weather change, we are living with the effects of climate change, soil erosion. Where once we had acres and acres of land, it’s all water now. I am worried that nothing will be left for the future generation if action isn’t taken now,” Mr Naimoso said.

With Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama assuming the presidency of COP23, Mr Naimoso feels this is the time to raise their voices and get people talking about the reality he and his fellow villagers face every day.

Rising sea levels has been a major concern for these villagers.

“My plantation is gone. Nobody would think it is possible for such a large portion of land to be washed away but it has. We are fast running out of land to plant on.”

And, it gets worse.

Director Meteorology Ravind Kumar yesterday confirmed that due to global warming and climate change more of TD04-like weather could be expected.

He said more of the flooding, rain and landslide that followed TD04, as a direct impact of climate change would be coming.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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