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Arduous routine ends with bridge

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, March 09, 2013

AT about 5pm every day, sacks of cassava, yams, coconuts and bundles of dalo align the Nalawa Rd deep in the highlands of Ra, awaiting the trucks to ferry the produce to the nearest market.

This has been the practice for many generations of farmers living in the district of Lawaki who make a living through the sale of root crops cultivated in the mountainous domains of their ancestors.

Until recently, villagers of Nakorovou and four neighbouring villages had to cross the Lawaki river to wait for delivery trucks at the nearest pick up point.

The daily trekking were arduous as it required using bamboo rafts, horses, cow-driven carriages or even the brave individual who was strong and willing to carry sacks of cassava across the river. On rainy days, some farmers would not attempt to do this because raging waters made the river too treacherous to cross.

This meant loss of income but hard decisions like this had to be made by the people of Nakorovou, Namara, Tulanuku, Nawaruku and Sowanivou. The weather and the river determined whether they would have money in their pockets. This is why the bridge assistance by government will be something they will cherish and not forget easily.