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Fiji Observes World Day To Combat Land Desertification

Fiji Observes World Day To Combat Land Desertification
June 18
11:57 2017

Even though desertification does not exist in Fiji degradation does says Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, divisional planning officer west Joji Satakala.

Mr Satakala made the comment during the World Day to Combat Land Desertification celebrations at Tikowale’s Demo Farm in Lautoka, on Friday.

“We must address land degradation issues now, as there is degradation on most agricultural land that is presently under cultivation,” Mr Satakala said.

“Other detrimental effects will occur downstream including flooding, expansion of river banks, siltation and sedimentation of rivers and disturbance or destruction of marine ecosystems,” he said.

“We need to promote public awareness of the issue and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in countries experiencing serious drought, degradation or desertification.

Mr  Satakala said during the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2011 which was held in Changwon , Korea Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had outlined the importance of the UN Convention to combat degradation for the island nations.

Mr  Satakala also highlighted some national initiatives to reduce degradation.

One of the Ministry of Agriculture’s national initiatives to combat land degradation is soil sampling for farmers, private companies and interested individuals.

“Soil testing is an easy and cost effective way to manage soil for crop or pasture production,” he said.

Another initiative is the promotion of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) – with allocated funds encompassing capacity building at all levels.

“SLM development and technology transferring and initiating SLM to combat land degradation and climate change adoption in Fiji ensuring maximum production without compromising the lives of our future generations.

“We are fortunate to receive grants from government to support the above initiatives,” he said.

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