THE incidence of poverty is relatively high in the two provinces of Macuata and Cakaudrove with at least 47 per cent of people living under the poverty line.
And the situation has spurred a call for all government ministries to collectively reduce this by 7.5 per cent at the end of the year and 15 per cent by next year.
This was revealed to the Poverty Alleviation, Women and Social Welfare Minister Doctor Jiko Luveni during her visit to the north last week.
Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica said poverty reduction was one of the key priorities for the region this year.
"Poverty alleviation is a cross-cutting issue and we have designed strategic plans to promote economic development in the north," Lt-Col Moceica said.
"We are working with different stakeholders to complement the vision of the Roadmap and the People's Charter. We are working with Investment Fiji to link our domestic market to the regional and international markets for our local products including those produced at women resource centres in the north."
Lt-Col Moceica said the initiative was aligned to Pillar 8 of the People's Charter- reducing poverty to a negligible level by 2015.