Workshop targets soil erosion reduction, boost production

Inia Daucasautu points at the landslide at their village in Namau, Tailevu last month. Picture: JONA KONATACI

REPRESENTATIVES from Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Forests are attending an innovative workshop this week that aims to help communities across Fiji reduce soil erosion and boost farming productivity.

The first in a series of training targeted across the country, the workshop is organised by the Pacific Community with support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Action Against Desertification Program.

According to a report on Soil Erosion in Fiji – Problems and Perspectives, Fiji loses an average of 50 tons of soil a hectare annually, almost four-times the globally accepted level for tropical countries, which is 13 tons a hectare each year.

The three-day training aims to introduce participants to the principles of soil health and soil health technologies as well as the skills needed to effectively diagnose soil health problems and formulate potential solutions.

The workshop ends tomorrow.

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