A STOP order on the construction of six broiler sheds by Toa Fiji Limited in Nadi has been lifted.
The order imposed on the poultry company last month was lifted by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum following discussions with Uciwai residents and owners of the company.
Toa Fiji Limited general manager Sam Chandra confirmed the stop order issued by the Department of Environment was lifted following a meeting with the Attorney-General.
Mr Chandra said it was good news for the company as it would allow them to go ahead with the construction of six broiler sheds to house about 60,000 chickens.
The stop order issued in August had resulted in the company, located in Uciwai, Nadi, having to cull more than 9000 chicks.
Mr Chandra had said at the time the extreme measure was one of a few things the company had to resort to after the notice was issued.
"Unfortunately for us, we had to cull over 9000 chicks last week and for all outputs after we have been trying to retail these chicks for a very cheap price and have been giving them away to depressed rural settlements in an attempt to assist them," he added.
Meanwhile, residents and landowners of Uciwai, Yako and Nabila have again asked for a stop order on construction work.
In a letter to the Attorney-General, landowner Serupepeli Neikaci Junior, Rendezvous Resort Fiji director Ben Seduadua and his brother, named only as Inoke, were some of those who requested the Department of Environment to take further action against the company.
"We were informed by Toa management that six broiler sheds to house 60,000 chickens were being constructed," the letter stated.
"We were also told that their farm management practices would protect the environment from odour and pollution.
"The chicken grower site is also in close proximity to a cane farming community that has lived for three to four generations in the area and are mostly reliant on well and boreholes for their water supply.
"It is extremely worrying to residents that our water supply could be contaminated."