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Reddy: Farmers Will Be Prosecuted If Found Planting In Public Drains

  Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy has reiterated that farmers found plating root crops in public drains would be prosecuted. Mr Reddy made said this at the talanoa session in
29 Aug 2018 10:00
Reddy: Farmers Will Be Prosecuted If Found Planting In Public Drains
Mnister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy (second-left) inspects the drains at Barara Settlement along the Sigatoka Valley on August 27, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa.

 

Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy has reiterated that farmers found plating root crops in public drains would be prosecuted.

Mr Reddy made said this at the talanoa session in Barara Settle­ment along Sigatoka Valley Road on Monday.

Consisting of more than 1000 families, Mr Reddy said drainage was one of the major issues he no­ticed during his visits around the country.

“We have seen that people are fond of planting taro and dump­ing their waste in public drains, remember this is Government’s property and we will prosecute anyone doing this.

“Dumping waste in drains and planting taro, blocks the water­ways and it affects water flow be­cause the drains are clogged with rubbish or root crops.

“The ministry is responsible for cleaning these drains and we will not clean the drains if we see that rubbish or taro are planted in these drains,” Mr Reddy said.

He said there was a need to fix drainage systems in certain set­tlements and villages along the Sigatoka Valley Road since it was a flood prone area.

Barara Advisory Councilor, Ar­ishma Patel said sometimes she would find it difficult to speak to the farmers because they would never listen to her.

“I always tell them to clean the drains on their farms, but some just never listen and when the drains get clogged with rubbish, they complain.

“They should be grateful that the Government is helping them especially in trying to fix the drainage systems,” Ms Patel said.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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