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Squatters progress

Sheenal Sharma
Saturday, November 17, 2012

A PILOT project started by the People's Community Network (PCN) last year has helped some squatter settlers move out of the settlements.

PCN consultant Father Kevin Barr said 15 to 20 families had been working in the farms in Navua for about a year now.

"They are learning new and improved techniques such as planting ginger and improvements in planting dalo," he said.

Fr Barr said the idea was to get people out of squatter settlements so they could go back to be productive farmers in a healthy environment.

"This project will help those in squatter settlements who want to return to their land," he said.

He said the techniques they learnt there would help them go back and work in their own farms.

"While they are there, they are also earning money," he said.

Fr Barr said they could use the money to build houses on their land.