IN an effort to prevent the cultivation of marijuana in the highlands of Navosa, the Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council has developed a plan to introduce other forms of income-earning activities to communities in the region.
Council senior assistant roko tui Sakeasi Tawaketini said included in this was a development plan to improve Navatumali Village.
"Our focus right now is on Navosa," he said.
"It's well known through the media that there are a lot of reports of marijuana plantations being found in this area, so we want to help develop it and give the people there other options.
"Our plan for Navatumali is to turn it into a satellite town."
He said the council would tackle the issue with a holistic perspective.
"The consent for the satellite town has already been given and there are also efforts to upgrade Vatureba Park.
"There are a lot of things happening up there and the opening of the newly improved Sigatoka Valley Rd will bring new opportunities for the people of Navosa."