Fiji Time: 8:19 PM on Friday 28 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

NGO calls for better roads

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BETTER roads and affordable transport need to be made available to people living in rural villages, says American NGO Rise beyond the Reef executive director Janet Lotawa.

The NGO conducted a survey for Yakete District in Ba earlier this year in which studies showed some people spent up to 90 per cent of their monthly household income on transport.

"We have identified the need for ongoing road maintenance to ensure roads are accessible," she said.

"Villagers rely on mainly their horses for transportation between villages.

"To offset the cost of transporting crops to market by hired carrier, they ride their horses with their crops to low-lying villages.

"Then they travel either by bus to the market or share the costs of a carrier with one or two others who are market-bound.

"The alternative options to hiring a carrier greatly limit the amount of crops they can transport and sell," she added.

Mrs Lotawa said the NGO was working with the Commissioner Western on the prioritisation of the maintenance of roads throughout the district.

"We are also establishing communal transportation systems for students and crop export. We hope to open the critical market access road between Yaloku and Navilawa villages."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65510.6361
JPY 52.191449.1914
GBP 0.40080.3928
EUR 0.44880.4368
NZD 0.69410.6611
AUD 0.64810.6231
USD 0.49140.4744



Exchange Rate updated on 28th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Baber is Fiji 7s coach
  2. Baber: Highest coaching accreditation
  3. Daughter steps up for mum, workers
  4. SODELPA approves Rabuka's election plan
  5. Quake fear
  6. Vehicle imports top 8000
  7. Chand wins three gold
  8. Naisua: There is nothing to fear
  9. Villagers return home
  10. PM against human rights abuses

Top Stories this Week

  1. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  2. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)
  3. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  4. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  5. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)
  6. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)
  7. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar Wednesday (26 Oct)
  8. Ro Teimumu frets over leadership Wednesday (26 Oct)
  9. Food runs low Thursday (27 Oct)
  10. NFP calls for public holiday Wednesday (26 Oct)