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Nameka Villagers Urged To Plant Trees

Nameka is the sixth village in the province of Tailevu to be part of the Government’s ‘Four million trees in Four years’ initiative consultation.
23 Feb 2019 10:00
Nameka Villagers  Urged To Plant Trees
The Minister for Forest, Osea Naiqamu (front third from left) with villages of Nabulini and Nasautoka in Wainibuka Tailevu.

The Minister for Forest, Osea Naiqa­mu, and his team travelled 26 kilome­tres from the Kings Road on Thurs­day to reach Nameka Village, Tailevu.

Nameka is the sixth village in the province of Tailevu to be part of the Government’s ‘Four million trees in Four years’ initiative consultation.

Although this was the first time for Mr Naiqamu to set foot on Nameka Village, historically he became the first Minister of Forest to visit and meet the villagers.

Mr Naiqamu reiterated the call by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that Fijians needed to unite on this course and disre­gard their political differences.

“Whether you voted for this Government or not this is our Government. We must unite on this tree planting initiative be­cause this is one of the best solution for cli­mate change,” the minister said.

“We must unite on this development be­cause it will not only benefit us, but also benefit our children and grandchildren.”

In the next four years, Mr Naiqamu said Government needed the support of all Fiji­ans to achieve our target of 1 million trees in a year for four years.

He then encouraged the villagers to plant whatever plant they preferred. Especially, trees that could be used as timber, firewood, fruit trees or even plants that could be used as Fijian medicine.

“The choice is entirely yours. Experts have advised us that one of the best solution for climate change is to plant more trees,” Mr Naiqamu said.

“Some people might ask why are we visit­ing our rural people during this tree plant­ing campaign? The answer is that 91 percent of land in Fiji is owned by iTaukei.”

The Director Forestry for the Central/Eastern Division, Apisai Rinamalo, told the villagers that Government would help fami­lies, landowning units, and villages who wanted to plant trees on their idle land.

“There will also be incentive given to land­owners by the Government. The trees that you plant is entirely yours,” Mr Rinamalo said.

 

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