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Dredging benefits

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, March 29, 2014

THE dredging of the Sigatoka River will be one of the next major projects to be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Agriculture deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta confirmed the river was next on the list after the successful dredging of the Ba River.

"We are looking at the Sigatoka River project now and it is something that we are working on with stakeholders," Mr Waibuta said.

"We are planning to dredge beginning from the Sigatoka River mouth and move upriver and that is in our plan for the fourth phase."

He said government was focusing on dredging rivers in Fiji to address the flooding problem in low-lying areas located near major river systems.

Mr Waibuta said while the dredging works in Ba would cost government millions of dollars, the positive impacts to come out of the project were numerous.

"It is a costly exercise and we will have to look at the government budgeting to carry on with this exercise."

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