REHABILITATION work in the bauxite mining area in Bua has started.
Aurum Exploration Fiji Ltd assistant executive director Derek Qiu said the rehabilitation work involved two phases. He said the first phase which started last month involved the planting of trees and grass.
Mr Qiu said they were working closely with the Department of Agriculture at the Seaqaqa research station in carrying out the rehabilitation work.
"We have already begun planting grass in the area and will later plant trees to replace the ones that have been put down as a result of mining works in the area," said Mr Qiu.
"The trees and grass planted in the area will ensure soil nutrients displaced during the mining process is replaced.
"It will take less than 10 years for the trees to grow and for the area to be fully rehabilitated."
Mr Qiu also said once the trees were fully grown they would help would retain nutrients lost from the soil as a result of the mining.
He said the company was concerned about the environment at the mine site. The company has already shipped five loads of bauxite to China.