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Focus on land rehab

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, March 27, 2014

THE rehabilitation of bare land left behind by deforestation has been a focus of the Agriculture Ministry following numerous landslides across the Western Division.

Deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta said soil erosion during heavy downpour was also a cause of flooding.

"We should also understand that dredging is a mid-term strategy towards addressing the issue of flooding and we also have to look at it long-term and how we can address or mitigate this particular problem," he said.

"We have to go up to the catchment areas and we are working along those lines with our stakeholders.

"We have seen the deforestation that has taken place and the substantive cutting down of pine trees that is creating this particular problem.

"But we are seriously looking into the rehabilitation process like how we can replant and reuse some of those bare lands," said Mr Waibuta.

He said a common sight that was seen during the past few years of flooding and cyclones was soil erosion.

"We saw a lot of soil erosion and these is evidence of poor sustainable land practices, so we are trying to get back with rehabilitating these areas and that is a long-term strategy," he said.








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