Fiji Time: 3:39 PM on Monday 26 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Pine forests destroyed

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, August 29, 2014

ABOUT 110 hectares of pine forests worth $0.6million have been lost to forest fires and the extreme dry conditions being experienced in the Western Division, says Fiji Pine executive chairman Faiz Khan.

"We have had to fight many pine planation fires over the past two months and the prolonged dry spell combined with carelessness of some individuals have resulted in huge losses," he said.

"We have lost around 110 hectares of plantations aged between one to four years.

"With no signs of rain in sight we will likely write off these 110 hectares at a total cost of around $600,000."

Mr Khan added a number of mitigation measures had been put in place in an effort to stem the rise in indiscriminate fires.

"Working with the Commissioner Western's office there is now a policy put in place for cane farmers to take permits before burning their farms.

"This ensures that burning is controlled and people take greater responsibility.

"Furthermore, we have people in our watch towers in various forests with high powered binoculars keeping watch.

"This ensures that if there is a smoke or fire detected, our response time is reduced."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64960.6306
JPY 50.552947.5529
GBP 0.37940.3714
EUR 0.43930.4273
NZD 0.68810.6551
AUD 0.65150.6265
USD 0.49550.4785

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th September 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'Stop this nonsense'
  2. Rawaca boosts program
  3. Nausori runway closed, flights cancelled
  4. Ba fires warning shot, beats Suva
  5. Transit hub
  6. Work on 10-acre plot to start soon
  7. Order paper
  8. FRA clarifies dispute
  9. Efforts in progress to salvage vessel
  10. Schools to receive new tents

Top Stories this Week

  1. Nurse is a lawyer Friday (23 Sep)
  2. Ali beats 'death sentence' Thursday (22 Sep)
  3. Road closure Saturday (24 Sep)
  4. Pastor makes case in rape trial Wednesday (21 Sep)
  5. Rawaca out Sunday (25 Sep)
  6. After Ben Ryan Thursday (22 Sep)
  7. Private jets attract attention at Nadi Airport Sunday (25 Sep)
  8. Three Cavuilati, 6 Olympians in Fiji 7s squad Sunday (25 Sep)
  9. Under-20 named Tuesday (20 Sep)
  10. Losing dad at Class 4 inspires Macanalagi Friday (23 Sep)