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