The Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu was walking the talk during his visit to Nabulini and Nasautoka villages in Wainibuka in the province of Tailevu by planting sandalwood to the excitement of the villagers.
The tour is part of Government’s aim to plant 4 million trees in 4 years which began in the western division in January.
Minister Naiqamu encouraged the men and women of Wainibuka to plant sandalwood on their vacant land because it is one of the best investment for their children and grandchildren.
“Most of us find it hard to save money because of our financial commitment. However I am encouraging you to invest in planting sandalwood for the benefit of your children and grandchildren,” Minister Naiqamu said.
The Minister was asked during the Talanoa session at Nasautoka village if the Ministry of Forestry can provide training on sandalwood planting of which he enthusiastically answered.
“We have officers who can come and conduct training on sandalwood planting. You can make arrangement with our officers in the Central Division who are willing to help you,” Minister Naiqamu said.
The Minister for Forestry reminded the villages of Wainibuka that Government will not lease their land because the sandalwood they plant belongs to them.