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Villagers work towards planting native trees

Luke Rawalai
Friday, February 23, 2018

VILLAGERS of Mali in Macuata have planted 28 hectares of native trees out of its target to restore 200 hectares of native trees on the island.

Speaking during a tour of the island by Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu on Tuesday evening, Tui Mali Ratu Meli Bogiso said villagers had witnessed the benefits of the project.

Ratu Meli said native bird species that had vanished from the island had started returning to the island.

Speaking during discussions, Mali district representative Seru Moce said villagers were now witnessing fogs and clouds on the island's mountains.

Mr Moce said this was a positive sign considering that they had just begun the project in 2016.

"It has really given us hope to continue and adhere to the rules and regulations that govern the project," he said.

"We are adamant about continuing with the project and achieving the target."

Briefing Mr Naiqamu during his tour, forestry extension officer North Maleli Naikasava said after a review of the tree planting project on the island, they discovered that native trees that had once disappeared had started growing again.

Mr Naiqamu also participated in a tree planting exercise on the island on Tuesday afternoon.

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