Talks focus on repercussions of drought

Christoph Wagner of EU delivers his speech during the drought early warning and early action workshop at the Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday. Picture: RAMA

DROUGHT is an ongoing concern for the nation, says National Disaster Management Office acting deputy secretary operations George Tavo.

While officiating at the drought early warning and early action workshop at the Holiday Inn, Suva yesterday, he said the repercussion of droughts affected the livelihoods of farmers, the agricultural sector and the everyday lives of our citizens.

“We have all witnessed the devastation caused by drought and its impact on the agriculture sector, the failing crops, the demise of livestock, inconsistent and supply shortages of fresh produce and the increase in waterborne diseases,” Mr Tavo said.

“This is something we must change. We must place emphasis on identifying triggers and indicators of hazards and the formulation of appropriate mitigation, preparedness and early action activities.”

He said the strategies towards mitigating the impacts of drought and indeed all hazards must be more proactive and forward-looking.

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