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