The Minister for Forests, Osea Naiqamu commemorated the launching of the first ever Indigenous Trees Nursery in Fiji at the Vunimaqo Forestry Station in Galoa.
Minister Naiqamu said that the construction of this nursery is part of the overall objectives for a ‘sustainable management and sustainable development of Fiji’s forestry resources’ by the year 2036 project.
The purpose of the nursery is to cater to those who are interested and willing to purchase seedlings to plant around their homes, plantations or to forest degraded area.
“My ministry will also ensure that food security plants, ornamental, traditional scenting plants and indigenous timber species are readily available to the general public and you expect more in the financial year,” the Minister of Forests, Osea Naiqamu said.
The Minister stressed on the importance that trees play in rural communities as they are dependent on it for subsistence and income generation.
He urged the government and non-government organisations, local communities including the public to participate in reforestation and restoration of forests.
“I believe that we all want to receive fresh air, clean water, fertile soil and maintain our biological diversity.”
The government allocated an additional quarter million for the revitalisation and reforestation of local specie.