Creek de-silting works safeguards farms and infrastructure

May 24, 2022 10:23 am

[Source: Fijian Government/ Facebook]

The Ministry of Waterways has carried out de-silting in Naria settlement, Ra that assisted 150 households.

The works was carried out under the “Drainage and Flood Protection” programme, and is part of the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to provide relief to Fijians in flood prone areas.

Area Advisory Councilor, Sanjeev Singh the debris and silt in the creek has been damaging farms, riverbanks, and infrastructures.

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Singh adds the de-silting has provided relief to the farmers where close to 12 farms and four households were affected by the flood.

Singh says this has impacted the farming activity in the settlement as some farms along the river bank have started to erode.

Minister for Waterways, Doctor Mahendra Reddy says the de-silting is intended to safeguard the Naria Community and protect their households and infrastructures from the flood.

Dr Reddy says this will also allow farmers and the communities to have safe access to water for farming purposes.