THE government has plans to develop the Nadarivatu government station into a town in the future, says Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu.
Opening the two-day Nadarivatu roadshow on Tuesday, Lt-Col Seruiratu said the initiative was part of government's commitment to improving the standard of living of rural dwellers in the area.
He said Nadarivatu had a lot to offer in terms of agriculture, forests and hydro-electricity possibilities.
The minister said services planned for the area included a postal agency, bank agencies, supermarkets, restaurants, telecentres, agricultural collection and packing centres and various businesses.
The area could easily be accessed by road from Lautoka, Suva, Ba, Tavua, Nadi and Sigatoka.
He said there was a need to further develop roads that link Nadarivatu to these urban centres.
Lt-Col Seruiratu said school dropouts and young farmers in the area would also be given the chance to venture into commercial agriculture through an initiative of the Fiji National University.
He said talks would be held for the setting up of a commercial agriculture program at Nadarivatu to assist young farmers develop their skills and knowledge to allow them to start their own businesses.
He said the government would meet FNU officials and other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of setting up an agriculture program similar to the one being established at Keiyasi in Navosa.
Lt-Col Seruiratu said the onus was on the people of Nadarivatu to make good use of their resources to supplement the services being planned for Navosa.