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Land care promotion

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A LAND care committee comprising Fijians of Indian descent has been formed in Labasa to promote sustainable land care management practices.

The Siberia and Emily Land Care Committee was established last week through the shared efforts of the Land Use Section of the Department of Agriculture and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

At a meeting in Labasa last week, agricultural officer Timoci Vakaboro said the committee would oversee the land management practices embarked within the area in conjunction with the farming systems assumed to conserve land degradation in future.

"The committee will address the need to practise good land husbandry in any farming system in the area," Mr Vakaboro said.

"The committee also ensures that all land users will act to mitigate such challenges in the future through the promotion of land management practices," he said.

Mr Vakaboro said most farmers in the area had embarked on subsistence farming, which was exposed to soil erosion as a result of improper land husbandry practice.

He said it was for this reason that the committee was formed to protect farmers.

"The settlement lies in the lower Labasa catchment and it is one of the building resilience project pilot sites established following the National Summit held in the north in October, last year," Mr Vakaboro said.