GOVERNMENT'S commitment to upgrading the roads in Vanua Levu is encouraging, says former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Speaking at the Fiji Economy Update 2013 seminar held in Labasa, Mr Rabuka said transportation would be easier now for people, particularly farmers in the North.
"Transportation and transfer of goods should be easier now for people in Vanua Levu as it will take a shorter period to deliver their products ensuring that it reaches its destination in good marketable form," he said.
"One focal point of our (Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei government) national look North policy was the extensive road upgrading programs for Vanua Levu with the vision that produce harvested in Taveuni and Vanua Levu could be available in the municipal markets on Viti Levu within 24 hours of harvest with the improved road infrastructure.
"We are encouraged that government has continued the road upgrade programs that have seen improvements made to the Labasa-Nabouwalu link highway as well as the Savusavu-Buca Bay road with the maintenance of the Trans insular link from Savusavu to the Labasa-Nabouwalu road."
Mr Rabuka said the inclusion of a second inter-island vessel for Patterson Brothers Ltd was a promising trend for Vanua Levu which must be taken into account with appreciation.