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‘Wa­ter has been over­flow­ing from the cham­bers in the reser­voir’

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Acane farmer of Nabekavu, Labasa is wor­ried that wa­ter from a reser­voir seep­ing into his land is af­fect­ing his yield. He has no­ticed a drop in ton­nage. Ro­hit Ku­mar orig­i­nally from Nagigi, Labasa moved to Nabekavu two years ago and har­vested 380 tonnes of cane in the first year how­ever it dropped to 145 tonnes the fol­low­ing

year.

Mr Ku­mar claimed the de­crease in the ton­nage was prob­a­bly caused by wa­ter which had bogged the field. “Wa­ter has been over­flow­ing from the cham­bers in the reser­voir,” Mr Ku­mar said.

“Fiji is so for­tu­nate to have a pure source of wa­ter supply but is not prop­erly looked after.

“I plan to take le­gal ac­tion and have put a claim of $34,000 for the dam­age to my farm.”

Mr Ku­mar said he had gone to the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties but no ac­tion had been taken in the last two years.

“The con­cerned author­ity can di­vert the over­flow to another reser­voir to save costs of cart­ing wa­ter to the nearby com­mu­nity and dig a drainage that would di­vert the flow of wa­ter away from the roads and the cane fields,” Mr Ku­mar said. A week ago Wa­ter Author­ity of Fiji had dug the drain to ease off the wa­ter flow from the cane farm but a lot of work is yet to be done. This was con­firmed by WAF North re­gional man­ager North Ape­teniko Radro­dro­lagi.

“We have al­ready dis­cussed this mat­ter on site with the owner of the land that we will con­struct a drain,” Mr Radro­dro­lagi said.

Photo: Laisa Lui

Over­flow from the re­sevoir in Nabekavu that has run off and had been af­fect­ing Mr Ku­mar’s cane field.

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