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West Feels Brunt of Long Dry Spell

As of Tuesday more than two million litres of water have been carted to homes during the current long dry weather in the Western Division. The acting Commissioner Western, Luke
11 Sep 2014 09:00
West Feels Brunt of Long Dry Spell
The late Vilitati Lee (left) with Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel earlier this year. Photo: Fiji FA Media

As of Tuesday more than two million litres of water have been carted to homes during the current long dry weather in the Western Division.

The acting Commissioner Western, Luke Moroivalu said more than 40 areas in the three provinces in the Western Division are in dire need of water.

This was after Nadroga/Navosa, Ba and Ra provinces, including the maritime zone felt the brunt since last month.

“As we speak we have delivered more than two million litres of water to the people in the Western Division,” said Mr Moroivalu.

“And we are still carting water to our maritime areas in the Yasawa group, Malolo and Vatulele because of the long dry spell faced by those people on the islands.”

Mr Moroivalu has urged the public to refrain from using water unnecessarily as sources are beginning to dry up. This long dry spell has also led to an increase in vegetable prices in the markets.

Eve Swaran Yatik, 59, a vegetable seller in Nadi says this year the long dry weather has been felt and as a result the price of vegetables had gone up.

“Vegetables such as egg plants, okra, English and Chinese cabbages prices have gone up because of the added expenses on farmers to keep up with the supply.”

She said farmers were now forced to irrigate their vegetable fields.

“Long beans, a bundle, which is normally sold at $1.50 or $2 a bundle is now selling at $3.50,” Ms Yatik said.

“Cattle farmers in Nadi are also facing hardship in finding green pasture for their livestock.”

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