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Shine A Light: Drauniivi Villagers Dream To Return To Yaqara

"Today, we have to apply for a pass to enter the Yaqara fenced area if we are to look for firewood, or get food. It was not like that back in the days."
17 Oct 2021 13:47
Shine A Light: Drauniivi Villagers Dream To Return To Yaqara
The Yaqara pastoral land. Photo: Ivamere Nataro

For years, the villagers of Drauniivi in Rakiraki have always wanted one thing from the Government – to get back Yaqara.

Yaqara was first inhabited and cultivated by the elders of Drauniivi Village before the colonial era. The land was their main source of livelihood.

Today, 15,000 acres of Yaqara is owned by the Yaqara Pastoral Company Limited (YPCL). The company is a state-owned entity primarily focused on large scale cattle farming.

Yaqara is known for its hilly and mountainous terrain, and dry season. It is a 30 minutes drive from Rakiraki Town…to read the full account from our Shine A Light Investigative Reporter and Editor Ivamere Nataro by subscribing to the Fiji Sun e-edition.

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