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$107M Boost For Tailevu: Prime Minister

Government has also assisted in funding projects in agriculture, for­estry and aqua-culture to help drive local economic growth in Tailevu.
27 Nov 2020 12:31
$107M Boost For Tailevu: Prime Minister
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greeted at the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting on November 26, 2020. Photo: DEPTFO News.

Over $107 million has been invested in the province of Tailevu for the last financial year for infrastructure and devel­opment.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainima­rama revealed this when he official­ly opened the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in Silana Village, Dawasamu, Tailevu yesterday.

“When it comes to community-lev­el development, the Government I lead is committed to supplying eve­ry Fijian with the essentials; water, electricity, major roads, even street lighting, and large-scale projects that only Government can deliver, like bridges and airports,

“We extended power supply and water access, supported micro, small, and medium enterprises, and launched demand-driven agri­cultural projects in rural and outer island communities,”

“And whether its Police Posts, school upgrades, seawalls and riv­erbank protections, or teachers’ quarters, we’ve engrained a com­mitment to ensuring all of that development meets high, climate-resilient standards as well.”

Government has also assisted in funding projects in agriculture, for­estry and aqua-culture to help drive local economic growth in Tailevu.

“In Tailevu alone, last year over $3million went towards ginger, co­coa, vanilla, dalo, yaqona, potato, rice, and land development for ag­ricultural purposes, that produce isn’t all destined for Fijian markets, Mr Bainimarama said.

“If we only sought to meet domes­tic demand, the local prices of pro­duce will fall even further. Instead, we’re looking to put fresh Fijian produce – and value-added Fijian-made agricultural products – on shelves around the world.”

The one day meeting will begin today.

Talanoa session

n Tai District representative, Siti­veni Lovo queried the Ministry of Education for confirmation on ru­mours of the soon closure of Tech­nical Colleges in Tailevu.

Commissioner Central, Josefa Navuka on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the Fiji National University confirmed that no such plans were in place, and that the technical college would continue to educate youths who required life long skill sets.

n Minister for Health and Medi­cal Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqaina­bete confirmed that a medical doc­tor will be posted to Namara and a nurse practitioner to Dawasamu

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra


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