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$3million for river dredging

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ONE of the major projects government will undertake in the province of Rewa this year is the $3million dredging work on the Nasali river.

Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said people in Rewa had raised their concerns on the frequent floods.

Lt-Col Tuitubou said one of the major setbacks for the farmers in Rewa was flooding and annually many farms would be completely destroyed before the harvesting period.

"This has dampened the spirits of vegetable farmers who farm near the river, so dredging is required to stop the farms from being flooding," he said.

"Dredge work in the Central Division will take place as soon as dredge work in the Western Division is completed."

Rewa provincial administrator Ravindra Narayan said dredge work for the Nasali river would start at the end of the first quarter of this year.

"We have noticed there are a lot of poor drainage systems around the Rewa delta and dredging would minimise flooding in some parts of the area," Mr Narayan said.

"It would mitigate flooding and also open a lot of opportunities for farmers to earn a lot from their farms," the provincial administrator said. "One of the projects that would benefit the most is vegetable farm projects in Toga," he said.