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Climate change impact on village

Atasa Moceituba
Thursday, July 17, 2014

abundant harvests from their farms have now become a distant memory for a village in Tailevu.

The villagers are now buying root crops and vegetables from nearby villages as the result of climate change experienced in their area.

Buretu Village chief Ratu Noni Veikoso said his people had been buying foods from the urban centres and neighbouring villages to feed their family, adding this was something the village had faced for the past four decades.

He said the efforts by the villagers to sustain its resources had all been in vain.

"This is because of high salinity in the soil," Ratu Noni said.

"We can't use it for planting and plus this kind of soil is not good for crops like cassava and dalo to be planted on.

"What we have been trying to do is to try and reclaim some of the land in order to sustain a better living."

However, Ratu Noni said this was not a new struggle for the village and an issue they were trying to avoid and fight against.

He said there was not enough space for them to plant their root crops since the allocated places were filled with water making it hard for the village men to plant their own food.

Ratu Noni said this was not a laughing matter and something that needed the public's undivided attention.

"This is something that needs a lot of attention and campaigns, we are not the only ones who are suffering, a lot of other villagers situated along the river banks are beginning to experience the same thing so it's better that we take precautions now before it's too late."


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