Drought poses major challenge for Tavua farmers

Minister for Agriculture, Dr Mahendra Reddy together with his senior officials while visiting drought affected areas in Tavua. Picture: SUPPLIED

DROUGHT has become a major adversary for farming as well as for household activities in the Western Division.

This was a concern raised by farmers from Dramasi Settlement in Tavua earlier this week during an informal talanoa session with Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy.

Farmer Vinesh Chand said drought was the major issue they faced in Tavua.

“… At times, there is no water for a number of days in the house but today we have been assured by the Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy that all households will have water for drinking and farming,” Mr Chand said.

Dr Reddy said the community members needed to identify the water sources where the Ministry of Waterways and Environment would provide a 10,000litre water tank to be filled up from the water source and stored for the community use.

“There is a huge potential for us to develop water sources in these rural areas for farming communities to ease and support their farming activities, especially where there is no water reticulation system available.”

Dr Reddy has, however, emphasised that those water sources would be for communal usage and would not be specifically availed for an individual household as each project would benefit six to 10 houses in the community.

He noted the project could be for dual purposes, mainly for farming activities and home consumption.

Meanwhile, an integrated collaboration by the Ministry of Waterways and Environment together with the local communities will be undertaken to address the crisis.

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