Bala Helps Plant 600 Man­groves

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My min­istry is com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing youths to take ac­tion against cli­mate change in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. This is what the Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala, told Navuniivi vil­lagers in Ra dur­ing a man­grove plant­ing pro­gramme.

A to­tal of 600 man­grove seedlings were planted.

“In the newly-an­nounced Bud­get, we have a pro­gramme called Youth Coast Care Pro­gramme,” Mr Bala said.

This pro­gramme pro­motes the reveg­e­ta­tion of coastal ar­eas to pro­tect the re­ced­ing shore­line, cre­ates a nurs­ery for ma­rine life, in­crease fish num­bers and pro­mote the sus­tain­able use of our ma­rine re­sources.

He com­mended the vil­lage youths for their fore­sight in man­grove restora­tion.

“I am en­cour­aged by the unity and co-op­er­a­tion of the vil­lage youths as this is one of my min­istry’s ob­jec­tives,” he said.

“I have no doubt Navuniivi is in safe hands through the em­pow­er­ment of the younger gen­er­a­tion and con­tin­ued guid­ance by the vil­lage el­ders.”

The min­is­ter promised com­mit­ment to the project and en­sured that his min­istry would fol­low through to the end.

“As my part­ners from the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for In­dus­trial Spir­i­tual Cul­tural Ad­vance­ment (OISCA) had men­tioned, we need 10,000 more man­groves planted along the shore­line to reveg­e­tate and mit­i­gate cli­mate change,” he said. “I promise that my team will be fully com­mit­ted to this project and to add on to it we hope to have our very own man­grove nurs­ery in Navuniivi.

“I strongly need your sup­port to make this hap­pen be­cause this will ben­e­fit your fu­ture.”

The Youth Coast Care Pro­gramme is in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Youth, OISCA and the Ra Provin­cial Of­fice.

Sere­ana Mace­dru of Navuniivi Vil­lage said she was for­tu­nate to wit­ness much a great initiative. The 63-year-old said this would richly ben­e­fit women of the vil­lage.

“Now we don’t have to go far to fish, be­cause of the man­groves, we are able to fish near our shore­lines,” she said.

“We have no­ticed so many other species that are healthy forms of food in the area.

“On be­half of the women of Navuniivi Vil­lage I would like to thank the Nav­i­tilevu Vil­lage youth, Min­istry of Youth and rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers for mak­ing this hap­pen.

“We may not live long to wit­ness the full ben­e­fits of this project, but my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will.”

Photo:

Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala with Navuniivi vil­lagers dur­ing a man­grove plant­ing pro­gramme in Ra.

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