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Illegal Gravel Attraction Under Probe

A team is in the Northern and Western divisions dealing with companies that are illegally extracting gravel from the river. This was confirmed by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism,
06 Mar 2017 11:00
Illegal Gravel Attraction Under Probe
People gathered at the launch of the Rewa Rice Limited rebrand to Fiji Rice Limited at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa on Saturday night. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

A team is in the Northern and Western divisions dealing with companies that are illegally extracting gravel from the river.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya, in Labasa after completing a one-week tour with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

“We have received some complaints during the talanoa session about some companies extracting gravels from the river and we will take them to task,” Mr Koya said.

“With regards to gravel extraction, the Ministry of Lands is the one that issues the licence to extract gravel. “It is not the Ministry of Environment that does this.

“Ministry of Environment does the study and the environment impact assessment and this is not a licence to extract gravel.

“You cannot extract on that basis. The licence needs to be granted by the Ministry of Lands.”

Mr Koya said he had a successful tour of the Northern Division.

“Some of the issues raised were about Small Micro Enterprises grants, delay in the land leases applications, foreshore leases for tourism development, road licences, resettlement of squatters and some people don’t have homes in Labasa and Savusavu,” Mr Koya said.

edited by: ivamere nataro

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