The Fiji Occasions » From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your November 21 briefing



Cane farmers who produce and transport “undesirable kinds of cane to the mill” may face the true risk of getting their fields bulldozed.

Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh didn’t mince his phrases after the Fiji Sugar Company’s Labasa Mill didn’t hit its 630,000 tonne goal by 75,000 tonnes.

He mentioned aside from “undesirable varieties”, the decline in manufacturing to 555,000 tonnes was additionally a results of burnt cane, no incentives for farmers and the affect of local weather change. That’s the massive information on the entrance web page of the Fiji Occasions for Tuesday, November 21.

Within the second story on the entrance web page, the times of carrying televisions or cellphones to the best level on the island to catch a sign to observe a rugby match or discuss to family members at the moment are nearly over.

Fiji’s latest ISP Starlink Fiji is ready to revolutionise Web connectivity in rural and distant Fiji with its cutting-edge Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband satellite tv for pc capabilities that can see knowledge beamed instantly from house to devices, whether or not one is on land or at sea. “We’ll absolutely compete in some areas,” mentioned Ivan Fong, chief govt officer of ATH Group, the father or mother firm of Vodafone Fiji, Telecom Fiji and FINTEL.


A report stating marine plastic air pollution can generate vital financial prices which might be related to loss in income from tourism, fishing, aquaculture, transport, and different ocean-based actions is a priority.

Regardless of stringent controls on the utilization of plastic, the lately launched report is forecasting whole prices on account of plastic waste between 2023-2040 to be at an estimated $4 billion, whereas prices of plastics on marine ecosystem losses will likely be $3 billion in the identical interval.

Titled “The financial affect of plastic air pollution and the advantages of decreasing mismanaged waste in Fiji”, the report was launched by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN report states in 2019 public strong plastic waste administration prices amounted to $3,187,920 and that 19,674 tons of plastic waste generated in 2019. Annual estimated quantity of waste disposed of by way of formal waste administration processes in 2019 amounted to 139,558 tons, out of which 14,884 tons have been plastics.

The affect of plastics, it states, shouldn’t be seen as an remoted impact. Plastic air pollution is a further stressor on marine ecosystems which might be already coping with a number of stressors.

We’re urged to enhance our waste administration system.

Fiji, it states, ought to be capable to recycle as much as 31 per cent of its managed plastic waste, and 19.1 per cent of its mismanaged plastic waste, which in flip may scale back leakage by 19.1 per cent.

There’s a must put money into infrastructure equivalent to waste switch stations and materials restoration amenities to help the recycling sector and supply separation.

In essence, what we’ve proper now could be a surprising state of affairs in so far as environmental air pollution is worried.

We’d like a complete waste administration answer that encompasses people, communities, companies, and the nation. That is the view of Fiji School of Basic Practitioners president Dr Rajesh Maharaj. The doctor led a staff of volunteers and Nasinu City Council employees in a cleanup marketing campaign alongside the mangrove swamp space close to the Bailey Bridge in Laucala Seaside Property simply exterior Suva final week.

Individuals, he mentioned, should suppose twice earlier than carelessly throwing garbage out of automobiles and buses, into drains or in waterways – “as a result of all of it leads to mangrove patches like this – or worse, within the sea”.

“The marine animals eat it and once we catch and devour fish and different marine species, we’re consuming the identical garbage we carelessly threw out.”

Dr Maharaj mentioned the adage ‘cleanliness is subsequent to godliness’ needs to be preached at each platform.

“We’d like this message to be preached in church buildings, temples, masjids, faculties and companies. It should be preached at each given alternative in order that mindsets can start to alter.”

We’d like extra individuals like Dr Maharaj to alter mindsets, and provoke change in how we glance after the environment.

There should be worth positioned on the safety of our pure assets, for the sake of our future, and for our wellbeing now. The problem goes to be on how a lot we wish to do that, and the way a lot we respect the environment! We needs to be grateful!


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