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Poverty reduction

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, November 24, 2012

POVERTY can be reduced if people learn to know the values of the natural resources they have.

Speaking at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting on Thursday, provincial administrator Cakaudrove Uraia Rainima told the council that foreigners understood and saw the values of these natural resources which makes millions of dollars while resource owners lagged behind.

Mr Rainima also told the council that villagers did not understand the real value of their natural resources and how to develop them to generate income.

"We need district representatives support in identifying resources within their localities that can be tapped to generate income for them and their people while at the same bettering their living conditions," he said.

"We cannot work alone in bringing development into the Cakaudrove Province as we need the support and the input of all stakeholders."

Mr Rainima said the province was undergoing major development projects including the construction of the Buca Bay highway.

"Constructors are aiming at extending work up to Salt Lake before Christmas including road construction works that are currently being done by the Fiji Military Forces engineers at the Korosi Road which will also merge with the recently constructed Buca Bay highway.

"The Rabi jetty which is to open very soon is an example of development projects that are also underway within the province."

Mr Rainima said they planned to begin renovation works on the Natuvu jetty next year.