The threat posed by flooding which affects households, farms and infrastructure will now be addressed for major farmers and communities in the West.
This was the assurance given by the Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy while visiting farmers and communities in the Western Division this week.
Dr. Reddy while addressing various communities, villages and farmers stressed that emergency drainage works would be carried out as this was the immediate need common amongst these areas in order to safeguard farms and houses from flooding.
He further noted that most of the public drains were hindered immensely due to siltation from the surface run-off which is caused by continuous rainfall. Minister Reddy further stated that work will commence from this week by the Waterways Ministry and public drains will be desilted to further address the flooding concerns.
“We will organise contractors to carry out the emergency drainage works as soon as possible in the various localities and will treat this as an urgent concern to further avoid the threat of flooding in the communities and farms,” he said.
“We will protect every household and farms that are threatened from flooding or any flow of water and will ensure that households and farms are safe guarded.”
Dr. Reddy visited and met farmers in the whole of the Western Division from areas in Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka and Nadi and will conclude his visit in Sigatoka on Thursday. Dr. Reddy further noted that emergency drainage works will allow farmers to normalise their agricultural activity for those who have been affected by the recent Natural Disaster.
Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the farmers from Raviravi, Navou and Karavi, Advisory Councilor Mrs Susma Lal thanked the Minister for visiting the farmers and addressing their concerns. “We thank the government and the Minister Reddy for visiting and hearing from the farmers and communities following the natural disasters,” she said.