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Minister encourages villagers in Tailevu to invest in sandalwood

February 20, 2019 3:04 pm
Villagers planting sandalwood [Source: Fijian Government]

Villagers of Nabulini and Nasautoka in Tailevu have been encouraged to plant sandalwood on their vacant land.

Forestry Minister Osea Naiqamu says this will be a good investment for their children and grandchildren.

Walking the talk yesterday during his visit to the villages – the minister highlighted how hard it is to save money nowadays due to financial commitments.

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The villagers heard that officers from the ministry will also conduct training on sandalwood planting.

The Minister reminded the villagers that the Government will not lease their land because the sandalwood they plant belongs to them.

He cautioned them if they wanted to plant sandalwood on Mataqali land they should seek the consent of 60 percent of the Mataqali members or landowning unit.

The tour is part of Government’s aim to plant 4 million trees in 4 years which began in the western division in January.

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