THE only thing holding farmers back from earning more at the Deepwater settlement in Korovou, Tailevu is the upgrading of roads in the area.
Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said they needed the road works done so farmers could enjoy their newly constructed bridge which would link farms in the area to Korovou and other parts of Viti Levu.
Lt-Col Tuitubou said he was happy with the completion of the work and hoped the road works would be done soon.
He said the bridge work was completed but farmers could not use it because road works needed to be completed before it could be used.
"We are waiting for the Fiji Roads Authority on road works as the roads that lead to Korovou Town need to be in line with the newly constructed bridge," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.
"There are a lot of farmers who are residing on farmlands in Deepwater settlement who have been looking forward to the development," he said.
"When the road work is complete, farmers will freely transport their produce without any problems."
Lt-Col Tuitubou said the old bridge was always under water when heavy rain was experienced in those parts and it was always an issue for the farmers.
"The settlement is mainly occupied by farmers and they need to generate income through their farms," he said.
"And one of the ways government is helping them is by providing them with a proper bridge."
The bridge and road would provide proper access to over 45 livestock, rice and vegetable farmers in the area.