A-G to Banks: Cli­mate Change Af­fect­ing Our Shores and Pro­duce

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA

There was a need to source seeds for pro­duces from coun­tries like Malaysia or In­dia where there were a lot more arid con­di­tions sim­i­lar to some parts of Fiji. The act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­neyGen­eral, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum high­lighted this open­ing the 30th As­so­ci­a­tion of the De­vel­op­ment Fi­nanc­ing In­sti­tu­tions in the Pa­cific (ADFIP) an­nual meet­ing at the Radis­son Blu Re­sort in Nadi, yes­ter­day. He said due to cli­mate change, there had been changes in weather pat­terns and Fiji now had to source its own seeds for pro­duce. “Seeds that we used to get from other coun­tries, per­haps most tem­per­ate coun­tries, are no longer rel­e­vant for us,” Mr SayedKhaiyum said. “Ex­ported plant and an­i­mal life too are no longer sig­nif­i­cant due to the tem­per­a­ture changes cur­rently tak­ing place in Fiji. “We have a propen­sity in Fiji, given our Colo­nial his­tory to get a lot of our plant and an­i­mal life that has been in­tro­duced from Aus­tralia and New Zealand but they are no longer rel­e­vant.” He said the de­vel­op­ment banks play an im­por­tant role in be­ing an eye-opener for these sort of is­sues. “De­vel­op­ment banks have to be more at­tuned as to what is hap­pen­ing out from the ground it­self,” he said. “In the same way de­vel­op­ment banks will need to be mind­ful with the changes that is hap­pen­ing in de­mo­graph­ics.” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum stressed cli­mate change was not only about sin­gle cli­matic events but rather about ev­ery­day is­sues.

“These is­sues such as en­croach­ing wa­ters in vil­lages af­fects sewage, drinking wa­ter and farm­ing,” he added. “We have farm lands where sug­ar­cane used to grow in Vanua Levu.

“The abil­ity to plant is greatly di­min­ished.”

Photo: DEPTFO

From left: Tonga De­vel­op­ment Bank man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Leta Kami with Samoa Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Matau­tia Rula Levi dur­ing the 30th As­so­ci­a­tion of the De­vel­op­ment Fi­nanc­ing In­sti­tu­tions in the Pa­cific an­nual meet­ing at the Radis­son Blu Re­sort in Nadi, yes­ter­day.

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