Stoves and Poultry Empowerment, Kadrala Cult, Use the Land, Fish for EU, Hardware Prices Plummet

N212. GRASSROOTS EMPOWERMENT. Learning about smokeless stoves and how to make money from poultry may not seem to be very empowering unless you are poor and live in a remote area with few amenities and still fewer opportunities to earn money. The smokeless stoves demonstrated at Nabouwalu in Bua last week by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, will help save time, money and effort and be far more environmentally friendly. In rural Fiji the main cooking fuel for nearly 70% of households in 1996 was the open fire and little is likely to have changed since. The large range wood stove was used by about 8% of households, more generally by Indo-Fijians and in locations close to urban areas.Electricity and gas if available, and even kerosene,  are far too expensive for most households. The smokeless stove is far more efficient and it uses less wood.  If widely adopted, it could save wooded areas and mangrove.(Based on No:0583/MSWPA).

Mary Naloga from Nakabuta Village said she had never seen anything like a smokeless stove that could two pots with so little firewood. She said she was “very excited about learning this technique of cooking and the step by step process to make a smokeless stove. Since we have the resources, we can easily make one for our families."

She thanked  Government for the opportunities to learn new skills poultry training and through Ministry of Health we were educated about our health and different health programmes. It has been an eye opener for us.”

Agriculture training officer Makalei Drauna said the main aim of the poultry programme was to help women generate income for their families. "There's a a huge demand for poultry in the Northern Division with prices ranging from $35 to $45 for chickens in Labasa market, " he said.

N213. CULTS ALIVE IN RA. Ra provincial administrator Joji Satakala has confirmed a Government team has been set up specifically to eradicate cult groups and sects in parts of rural Ra.  He said governnment is especially concerned because cult members do not allow their children to go to school and because of the accepted practice for men to sleep with any female member of the  group.
The most widely known groups are Remnant in Soa, a Kadrala church group in Naboutolu and the followers of the late Sairusi Nabogibogi at Selemi in Nakorotubu.

He said "If we can break the Kadrala cult practices at Vatukacevaceva, which has been around for more than 40 years, then there will be no problem abolishing other cults in the province. We want all students to attend school because only education can bring about development in Ra.

N214. USE THE LAND. A dalo (taro) farming scheme at Nasolo in Bua has created employment for many village youths and when harvested is expected to earn $286,000 in a year. During his visit last week the PM said this was a good example of what Government means when it urges people to work hard and use the resources available to them.

The villagers told the PM they needed a new bridge to help speed the transportation of their produce to the market, and would welcome goverment's assistance in securing overseas markets. The PM has  offered, in principle, his support for the project, and said people needed to work hard before thinking of going to Government to ask for help.

N215. FIJI FISH FOR EU. Fiji’s fisheries products will now be accepted in the EU market tariff-free after the European Parliament approved a trade agreement with Fiji. Fiji was delisted from exporting fish to the European Union market following the outcome of an audit back in 2007.

. Commerce Commission enquiries have resulted in an average drop of hardware prices by 35%. This follows detailed and analyzed investigations into the prices in hardware shops for the past year. Commission chairman Dr Mahendra Reddy said the final prices were determined following consultations with stakeholders and hardware companies.

The new prices will only affect items under price control but this covers items ranging from 645 at Carpenters to 2,220 at RC Manubhai.The impact on low-cost and self-help housing construction can only be positive. -- Based on 0579/MOI.


Fools Rush In said…
Have you verified this report regarding fish export to the EU? Media releases from regime departments and MOI are increasingly full of spin and rhetoric. Perhaps before you jump in and take regime reports as gospel you could check thoroughness and authenticity from more reliable sources? In the case of the regime spin on the EU you might check directly with Graham Southwick?
Croz Walsh said…
@ Fools rush in ... Would you please supply Graham's email address so that I may contact him, or would you second guess what you think he thinks? I can only do so much from NZ?
Proud fijian said…
With all the claim aasults the Government should take steps to introduce legislation to video record all interview/interrogations with Police and military.

In the States only a few states have introduce such legislation not only to secure persecution in cases where claims of forced confessions were made.

In Fiji this would protect police from claims of assault in custody.

My 2 cents.
Sloan Ranger said…
@ Fools rush in.....

Plenty of foolish people around still in Fiji. And we believe that Cults from Ra which are active in other areas or whose followers have move to other places, may play a direct role.

For how is the Fiji economy to expand and to thrive if it suffers children deprived of an education? Human resource devoid of any access to modern thought or to knowledge? We believe we may have four such children on our doorstep and we have been watching their non-attendance at school closely. Parents are from Ra. So, quick action is now required and counselling. These children have been deprived of a fundamental human right: the right to education. Will they thank their parents in later life if they are not persuaded or compelled to attend school? This is a prime example of where parents should be obliged by law to comply. Failure should result in penalties which bite.

Does Professor Wadan Narsey believe that early democratic efforts will assuage such foolish and ignorant conduct? We doubt this. Much must be achieved before people are encouraged to vote for more politicians who will fail their constituents in such fundamental ways. Professor Narsey should not 'skim the surface' on such issues. A Constitution of Liberty (Friederich Hayek) means just that: Freedom and Liberty to live a life which is enhanced. Slavish submission to Cults will not provide that. Let him lend his voice to this - first. Does the 'strain of civilisation' (Sir Karl Popper) weigh too heavily? Discuss!

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