THE Nawailevu bauxite mine in Bua has exported about 500 million tonnes of the mineral commodity recently. Mineral Resources Department director Malakai Finau said an interesting achievement was the rehabilitation works that had resumed with the introduction of crops to mined areas, in association with the Ministry of Agriculture. He said in an Information Ministry statement that watermelons and pineapples had been tested in some plots and it was growing well.
Permit to mine
TWO companies are carrying out exploration works for potential mineral manganese ore. In an Information Ministry statement issued yesterday, director Mineral Resources Department Malakai Finau said Viti Mining had been granted a permit to mine and had worked on its first shipment recently. "Oak Mines is into advanced stages of exploration and had expressed interest to mine and are working towards lodging their application," Mr Finau said.
A LOMAWAI farmer of Sigatoka is still recovering from losses estimated at $80,000 when he lost his home to a fire on Sunday night. NFA CEO John O'Connor said they were now investigating the cause of the blaze that destroyed all the household contents. The NFA has recorded a total of 84 structural fires so far this year, compared to 74 for the same period last year.
AS Diwali celebration looms, people around the country have been urged to be vigilant, and also supervise their children who will be playing with firecrackers. NFA CEO John O'Connor particularly urged those in the West to take precautionary measures noting that the division dominated the total number of structural house fires — 41 out of 84 received for the country. "There will be a lot of cooking and lighting of fire crackers therefore, people are requested to be responsible."
A TOTAL of 218 people under the age of 26 have been reported missing this year. "This year, the Fiji Police Force has received a total of 277 missing persons reports compared to 241 last year," police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said. He said their statistics showed that this year, six reports involved children less than 10 years and 83 with age ranging from 11 to 16 years old.
A GROUP of canefarmers on Vanua Levu are happy with the extension of the end of this year's crushing season. Farmer Dinesh Lal said he would now be able to harvest all his cane crops and deliver it to the Labasa mill, softening worries of having standover cane on their farms. FSC executive chairman Abdul Khan earlier said they were extending the closing crushing date for Labasa mill in order to have all the cane harvested and delivered to the mill.
CEO on tour
WATER Authority of Fiji CEO Opetaia Ravai is on tour of the Northern Division. Yesterday, Mr Ravai and a team of officials visited some of their project sites in Labasa. His tour continues today beginning with a talanoa session with consumers in the northern town.