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Masirewa all for urban agriculture

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, June 30, 2012

URBAN agriculture could be an ideal solution to addressing food sustainability issues for urban households.

Nausori Town Council special administrator Napolioni Masirewa raised the idea while addressing heads of municipal councils in Ba on Thursday.

"Urban agriculture is something that is very close to my heart and I believe it could be a solution to one of the common problems faced by each municipality," said Mr Masirewa.

He said while standing regulations prohibited ratepayers from raising farm animals and growing vegetables within their allocated residential lots, Mr Masirewa said this form of agriculture should be considered in a conditional manner by councils.

"This should be considered for 'conditional use' in residential, commercial and industrial farming," said Mr Masirewa.

Highlighting some of the advantages, Mr Masirewa said it would make use of under-utilised land and would be used primarily for food security for each family's consumption.

He said one of the key recommendations for the proposal included the policy guidelines that would address urban agriculture that focused only on chicken and ducks.

Mr Masirewa also recommended that community participation be encouraged.

The Nausori Town Council this year collected a total of $1,212,781 from its ratepayers and $98,181 was money earned by the council for taking people to court. The council also collected $109,513 through other agreements.

Mr Masirewa said they were looking into other measures of rate collection.