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Ministry advises not to tamper with floodgates

People around the country are advised not to tamper with floodgates. After major drainage works in different parts of the country, including rural and maritime communities, it was found that floodgate structures were damaged due to personal conflicts among the farmers and also by fishermen, the Land and Water Resource Management Division of the Ministry of Agriculture […]

Peni Shute

January 19, 2016 4:40 pm

People around the country are advised not to tamper with floodgates.

After major drainage works in different parts of the country, including rural and maritime communities, it was found that floodgate structures were damaged due to personal conflicts among the farmers and also by fishermen, the Land and Water Resource Management Division of the Ministry of Agriculture advised.

The Ministry said that drainage works were developed in the coastal low‑lying areas to protect seawater damaging the potential land suitable for agricultural purposes and added seawalls were also constructed along the coastal areas to stop seawater entering the low-lying farming land.

Fiji has 52 drainage schemes with 73 floodgate structures which are developed in 8500 hectares of low lying flat land suitable for agricultural farming.

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