The Minister for Forestry, Osea Naiqamu has started on a community visitation programme to six (6) villages in the Ba and Nadroga Province.
The Minister will meet with the villagers of Vagadra, Dratabu, Nagado, Vatutu, Yavuna and Mulomulo. He will have consultations with villagers on forest conservation and protection, and the implementation of Government’s reforestation programme. Importantly, he will encourage the villagers to join the national campaign to plant four million trees in four years, an initiative that was launched by His Excellency the President at the Presidential Compound in Suva on Tuesday 8 January 2019.
Specifically, the Minister will help the villagers to plant a variety of trees from sandalwood, mahogany, pine, teak, and various fruit and ornamental trees just like he did today at Vagadra and Dratabu Villages – the first two villages to take part in this initiative since its launching.
“Our main aim now is to head out to grassroot communities and educate them on the importance of the 4Million Trees in 4Years Initiative,” Naiqamu said.
“I urge the communities – landowning units, women’s groups, youth groups, schools, business houses and other stakeholders to support this initiative as we are leaving something behind for our children and the generation yet to come.”
Naiqamu told villagers in Vagadra and Dratabu that we currently live in generation of climate change and if we are not careful the future generation will suffer.
The initiative will enhance Fiji’s ability to strike a balance between forest conservation and sustainable utilization.