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Because I believe …………………..the impact of that has not actually been captured in this report………The truth on the ground is grimmer than ever before.

Expect positive changes in next poverty report

07:03 Today



Taken from/By:  Report by: Roland Koroi

Fiji has done a lot to improve the standard of living of those in rural communities.

Labour Minister Jone Usamate made the comments in response to a report released by Dr Warden Narsey this week.

The report that we saw from Dr Narsey quoted figures from 2008 and 2009. It will be interesting to see what the impacts of all of these developments are since 2010 and 2011. Because I believe that in the establishments of small and micro enterprise developments in Vanua Levu, there’s been a 1005 established over the last two years, so the impact of that has not actually been captured in this report.

Usamate goes on to say that over the last 3 years, government has introduced numerous incentives which also haven’t been included in the report and may have a huge influence in the next report on poverty alleviation in Fiji.


16 thoughts on “Because I believe …………………..the impact of that has not actually been captured in this report………The truth on the ground is grimmer than ever before.

  1. “The report that we saw from Dr Narsey quoted figures from 2008 and 2009. It will be interesting to see what the impacts of all of these developments are since 2010 and 2011. Because I believe that in the establishments of small and micro enterprise developments in Vanua Levu, there’s been a 1005 established over the last two years, so the impact of that has not actually been captured in this report.”

    Vanua Levu has the highest rate of poverty in Fiji based on statistics as recent as 2011/2012. In fact it has increased, not decresed.

    So where is the impact from the 1005 micro enterprises Usumate is talking about ?

    Poor north

    Serelisoni Moceica
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    Fiji Times

    THE Northern Division is the poorest division in the country with 48 per cent of its total population living under the poverty line, a recent report on Fiji children by UNICEF revealed.

    This meant that 65,261 people in the north earned less than $175 a week for a less than four-member household which is Fiji’s Basic Needs Poverty Line, it stated.

    However, Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica said the statistics did not portray a “truthful image” of the poverty situation in the north.

    “The statistics are in economic terms only. These people have resources aplenty. This is what their livelihoods depend on. They have marine and land resources and the statistics are only in economic terms,” Lt-Col Moceica said.

    The UNICEF report said the province of Cakaudrove had 26,470 people under the poverty line that accounted for 55 per cent of its total population.

    Statistics showed Bua and Macuata recorded 47 per cent and 51 per cent, respectively, of its population in poverty.

    The manager of the Northern Development Program, Waisale Tuidama, said 1501 projects had been implemented through the government-funded initiative. “Employment created was 4413 which is 4.7 per cent of the total working population of 92,000. With this employment, we have created a livelihood for some 22,665 people, 6.6 per cent of the total Northern Division population,” Mr Tuidama said.

    He said the statistics were unfair and incorrect.

    Lt-Col Moceica said the only problem the division faced was business literacy where the population needed to be taught on how to maintain their resources and use them for their benefits.

    “We want the rural people to drive the rural economy,” he said.

    The Fiji Bureau of Statistics stated an increase in rural poverty from the period 2002 to 2009.

    “While poverty in urban areas dropped dramatically from 28 to 18 per cent over this period, poverty in rural areas increased from 40 to 43 per cent,” the bureau stated.

    The Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics said the high incidence of rural poverty was a result of rural to urban migration from expiring land leases and an increase in squatter and informal population.

    The ministry recorded 45,000 people in 1999 to 125,000 people in 2011 living in those crowded areas.

  2. FT 22/08/12 “THE Litter Promulgation 2008 and Litter (Amendment) Decree 2010 came into force yesterday to control the problem of littering in public places.

    And the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment through the Department of Environment has embarked on a “Keep Fiji Clean” campaign to raise awareness on the penalties and educate the public on the health benefits of living in a litter-free environment”.

    And if all the money spent on keeping Fiji clean from all the litter and crap that so many ignorant people seem to think is their right to dispose of anywhere could be saved it could be spent on helping to alleviate poverty !

  3. @ Keep Fiji clean that is the duty of Government. That is what we pay taxes for.

    It is called good governance.

    Meanwhile this is what Good Governments do:


    Our street cleaning team

    Every day our team of street cleaners work hard to keep our roads, footpaths and laneways clean by sweeping up and hosing down surfaces (using as much recycled stormwater as possible). In fact, in 2011, our team collected a staggering 9,770 tonnes of street litter..

    They also empty street garbage bins and ashtrays, collect syringes, pick up illegally dumped items, clean away graffiti and remove posters and stickers plastered around power poles and on walls.

    How do I help keep Sydney clean?
    •Put your rubbish in public bins
    •If you’re a smoker, use an ashtray
    •Dispose of chewing gum thoughtfully
    •If you’re a resident, use our free weekly clean-up service

    •illegal dumps on 02 9265 9333
    •abandoned shopping trolleys at trolleytracker.com.au or freecall 1800 641 497
    •graffiti or bill poster advertising on 02 9265 9333
    •syringes via the Needle Clean Up Hotline on 1800 633 353

    • a street to be cleaned on 02 9265 9333

    Our biggest challenges in keeping Sydney sparkling come from illegal dumps, cigarette butt littering and chewing gum. Find out why.

    Illegal dumping

    Dumped materials can pollute our fragile waterways through the stormwater system. Plus, illegal dumping is a huge waste of resources because items like unwanted furniture and white goods, can often be recycled or reused.

    Dumping makes our streets look unsightly and their clean up is a needless financial burden on ratepayers.

    The fact is, illegal dumping is 100% avoidable. The City of Sydney offers a free weekly clean-up service to help prevent illegal dumping of white goods, furniture and large appliances.

    Please report illegal dumps on 02 9265 9333 or via our online form.

    Cigarette butts

    On average, the City’s street cleaners can collect around 15,000 cigarette butts daily – that adds up to millions of butts on our streets each year.

    Rain carries litter and cigarette butts through stormwater pipes directly into Sydney harbour reducing the quality of our water and harming marine life. Cigarette filters have been found in the stomachs of fish, birds, sea turtles and other marine creatures.

    Littered butts leach toxic emissions (like cadmium, lead and arsenic) into water and soil as they decompose and are a serious choking risk to young children. They are also visual pollution and their presence is magnetic – they encourage more litter.

    If you are a smoker, please:

    – carry a portable ashtray

    – use wall-mounted ashtrays outside shops and offices or those on street litter bins

    – put out your cigarette before you put it in a bin to avoid fires

    Fines up to $200 apply for littering cigarette butts.

    Chewing gum

    Chewing gum dropped on the ground sticks to the footpath and streets. It doesn’t degrade over time and is very difficult and costly to get rid of. As the gum builds up, it makes our streets look unsightly.

    Please consider others and get rid of your chewing gum thoughtfully, using street bins provided.

    More information

    Clean Up Australia – cigarette butts

    Zero Waste website – My Clean Sydney

  4. I would rather have part of my taxes go towards something beneficial to the poor rather than be wasted an clearing up peoples litter because some dumb ass like you considers it’s OK because “that is why we pay taxes”.

  5. @Keep Fiji clean, well maybe the Government can start by collecting the rubbish on time then….

    Fiji Sun
    18th April 2011

    Written By : MERE NALEBA. Residents of Lodhia Street in Nadi are crying foul over claims that the Nadi Town Council is not consistent over garbage collection service in the area.
    Dhanesh Raniga, who has been living in the area for the past 28 years, said complaints made to the Council about how dirty the street looked because of rubbish strewn everywhere, had fell on deaf ears.
    “I have called the Health Department at the Nadi Town Council and the chief executive officer since last Monday for the Council to do something about the rubbish,” Mr Raniga said.
    “All they said was, they will look into it. This is something they should not look into. They should do something about it because it is an eyesore.”
    Hearing word that the Council was on a clean-up and beautification project in Nadi, Mr Raniga called on the council to, “start from their own backyard.”
    “I read in the dailies lately that the Nadi Town Council was involved in a major clean-up campaign within the town areas.
    “This areas is also part of the town. Actually, we are just metres away from the council office. I ask myself why this part of the town is neglected when it comes to clean-up campaigns,” Mr Raniga said.
    Council senior health inspector Premila Chand said they were looking into the matter.
    “Their rubbish is only collected three times a week and yes, we do have street sweepers who look after the area.
    “The street sweepers work from 3am – 7am,” Mrs Chand said. She said the Council would now charge people who did not use the correct garbage disposal bags.
    “Under the new Litter Decree there are many people who will soon be issued warning notices because they fail to practice the proper way of disposing rubbish.
    “Rubbish around this area is collected only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The least people can do is keep their rubbish in a safe place before placing it out for collection,” Mrs Chand said.

  6. @ Keep Fiji clean, and maybe the Government can also maintain the drains whilst they are at it

    Drain stink angers Davui residents

    Kitione Toroca
    Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Fiji Times

    A BLOCKED drain on Raiwaqa’s Davui Lane has troubled residents for almost three years.

    Residents say complaints raised with the Suva City Council have been attended to temporarily because each time the dirty water returns after a few days along with the stench.

    Resident Semi Waqavonovono said the risks to children could be deadly.

    “We don’t have enough money to go to the health centres, let alone buy medicine in case there is an outbreak of dengue fever,” said Mr Waqavonovono.

    Another resident Ram Pal complained that he paid his city rates honestly although council workers were not reciprocating.

    “They should be honest enough with this kind of work because it involves health issues,” he said.

    “We request the authorities to attend to this honestly because we are tired of this smell.”

    Fellow resident Guv Tokona said the stench was particularly bad at night and that sleep was no longer peaceful.

    “They (council workers) seem to be coming just to be seen and after a while they are gone again,” he said.

    “They are paid from city rates that we are paying, this is a waste of money.”

    Yesterday Suva special administrator Chandu Umaria said debris, like a big stone, had blocked the passageway and that flushing it out as well as accessing the narrow culvert was difficult.

    “That trench is quite a deep one and the last resort right now is to dig it up, in order to excavate the whole infrastructure and replace the small culvert with a bigger one,” he said.

    “I’m directing my construction team right now to look into the complaint and fix it.

    “The temporary measure is to keep flushing it every week until our depot workers from Samabula reschedule their work plan.”

  7. @ Keep Fiji clean, and maybe the Government can get around to maintaining the sewer pipes so that fecal matter and human waste doesn’t spill out on the streets of Suva like this

    Sewage swamps back yard, family wants solution

    Serelisoni Moceica
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Fiji Times

    RESIDENTS of Vatuwaqa’s Batiki St are suffering from skin rashes and itch which they claim is the result of exposure to sewage seeping from a blocked pipeline and into their compound.

    “This is not on. My family, especially my grandchildren, are suffering,” said frustrated former Fiji rugby player Ilisoni Taoba, a resident of Batiki St.

    “We are breaking out in boils and all sorts of skin diseases.”

    Mr Taoba said he and his family had taken antibiotics to fight the effects of the sewer refuse which had formed a little pond in his backyard.

    He said the sewer burst before Christmas last year and since then, their complaints to the Water Authority of Fiji had not yielded a solution.

    “We have now been told to boil our grandchildren’s clothes because of the rashes they’re suffering and also we’re not supposed to hang our clothes outside to dry because the bacteria from the waste is air-borne,” he said.

    He said other compounds along the street had been swamped and many had also complained to the authority.

    Mr Taoba said a WAF team had begun work in the area but the problem was persisting.

    “They blamed it on the heavy rain, but it hasn’t been raining for a while now here and the problem still exists,” he said.

    Attempts to obtain a comment from the authority yesterday were unsuccessful.

  8. @Anonymous

    All excellent posted examples of where resources/finances could be re-directed to rather than being WASTED clearing up unnecessary litter deposited illegally and with no respect to others by those selfish citizens.

  9. @ Anon and Keep Fiji Clean

    You are both right – the government isn’t doing a good job at anything but in the same token people litter too much. Finish a packet and twisties, then drop it on the ground. People should be far more aware of their responsibilities – and the government should be doing more to fix obvious health concerns.

    But the government is far too busy with trying to suppress everyone and everything to worry themselves over being a REAL government.

  10. @ Keep Fiji clean

    Yes well perhaps it could start with good governance so that this type of failure (which costs far more than any rubbish cleaning project would) doesn’t happen.

    The rubbish collection is small peanuts compared to this default of $88 million USD.

    And yes indeed, this one happened because of rubbish governance, not rubbish litter

    $86m request
    Felix Chaudhary
    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    THE Fiji government has written to counterparts in India seeking assistance in the write-off of the $86million Exim Bank of India loan used to upgrade sugar mills in the country.
    This was revealed to The Fiji Times by Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi yesterday.
    “Our Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has written to India’s PM Manmohar Singh and asked that the $86 million be written off. There was an underlying understanding between the two governments as negotiated when the loan was taken. We are now asking that the loan be converted to a grant,” he said.
    Lt-Col Vaniqi added that unsatisfactory mill upgrades had led to gross inefficiencies at all sugar mills in the country which has incurred costs to the industry and the country running into hundreds of millions of dollars.
    “Apart from the fact that the upgrades did not work, we lost a significant amount of revenue caused by stoppages and breakdowns which resulted in inefficient sugar production. We also had to incur an unnecessary expense of a further $123 million to upgrade the upgrade,” the PS said.
    The Fiji Times had reported in 2010 that previous FSC chief executive officer John Prasad intended to take the Indian contractors responsible for the failed $86 million upgrade to task after consulting with a team of legal experts.
    Mr Prasad had revealed that a performance bond was signed with every vendor involved in the upgrade process and he also said they were bound by an official agreement tied in with the Exim Bank loan.
    Independent consulting engineer JP Mukherji from India arrived in the country in November 2010 to conduct a survey to determine if works done by contracted vendors were completed to the agreed standard.
    “With the arrival of JP Mukherji, the consulting engineer, we should be able to get a detailed report on the state of the equipment that was supplied. He will critique the equipment that has been supplied and the work that has been carried out,” Mr Prasad had said at the time.
    “The vendors who have not met objectives to agreed specifications will be given an opportunity to rectify shoddy work. Failing that, we will take legal action. There are a few avenues open to us, we will pursue liquidated damages and consequential losses brought about by below par workmanship,” Mr Prasad said at the time.
    Lt-Col Vaniqi said the report was completed but remained confidential because it was an industry document.
    The FSC recorded an unprecedented total loss of $175.1m in 2010. The country’s only sugar producer also suffered losses of $19.3m in 2008 and $36.8m in 2009. The downward spiral was attributed mainly to frequent mill breakdowns and inefficient cane processing and sugar production.

  11. and @ Keep Fiji clean instead of manufacturing more Decree’s from the factory at Suvavou House perhaps perhaps real governance could be done so that wages reflect rising CPI, instead of this sad state of affairs

    New Report Claims Thousands Of Fiji Residents Living In Poverty
    Even with full-time employment, many still below poverty line

    By Mereani Gonedua

    SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 31, 2012) – There is now 35 per cent and more people in Fiji living in poverty today.

    People’s Community Network of Fiji (PCN) consultant Father Kevin Barr said after a recent survey conducted they found out that from 2007 to 2008, 31. 4 percent of the population was living in poverty and today the percentage would have increased to 35 percent and more.

    The report shows the poorest people live in rural areas particularly those from the Indian community and 60 percent of those in full-time employments earn wages below the poverty line while 15 percent of the population lives in squatter settlements especially in the greater Suva area.

    The report reveals over 66 percent of those who drop out of school do so because of poverty and 23,670 are receiving the Family Assistance Scheme (FAS).

    The report also shows the lower 30 percent of the population earns 10.3 percent of all wages while the upper 30 percent of the population earns 59.8 percent of all wages.

    Fifty percent of workers earn below FJ$10,000 [US$5,370] and 71 percent earn below $15,000 [US$8,056] which is the tax threshold. The report said many consider that “the poor” in Fiji are only those on Family Assistance Program but these are the worst cases of poverty and make up only a small percentage of those 35 percent plus of the population who are in poverty. The majority of the poor are the urban working poor those in full-time employment earning wages below the basic need poverty line, the rural working poor, those who do not qualify for Family Assistance Program but are seriously struggling like single mothers, elderly, those with disabilities and those who are temporarily out of work. Father Barr said poverty is a multi-faceted problem with a variety of causes and a variety of possible solutions and there is no easy quick-fix solution. He also said there is a lot of evidence of poverty before their eyes and people need to try their best to come out of it.

    Fijilive: http://www.fijilive.com
    Copyright © 2012 Fijilive. All Rights Reserved

  12. @Anonymous

    I’m sure you could spend all day directing pasted articles at me that highlight financial waste and areas where governance could in your opinion and that of others be improved in Fiji.

    Of the articles you have pasted they relate to topics that in general the average citizen has very little if any control over whatsoever. My post which mentioned the financial waste asscoiated with the littering problem in Fiji is one that the public have very much control over and this control would assist in saving money.

  13. @ Keep Fiji clean. No issue with that. Its a perfectly legitimate point you make. Cut down on littering, take responsibility. Accepted.

    My issue though is your equating it with poverty. Making that leap of “logic” (if one could call it that, which i don’t) is something of an exageration to put i mildly. Especially within the context of current wastage going on in Government today. Funds spent on rubbish collection pale into insignificance when related to the grossly obscene amounts wasted on poor Government decisionmaking and policy.

  14. @Anonymous

    As the saying goes “every little bit helps” and every dollar that can be re-directed to areas that can help to reduce poverty has to be a bonus for some.

    I wonder how many school books could be purchased each week with the wasted resources that have to be used to pick up and take away the extra litter and rubbish that is deposited everywhere illegally ?

    Yes, there is significant wasteage elsewhere and that’s no doubt because those wasting it have the same attitude as the person who litters.

  15. @ Keep Fiji Clean

    You do have a point, but I think trying to draw a link between poverty and littering is a long bow to draw – public spending for the RFMF is appalling – that is easily the biggest expenditure for the regime today – but they have to pay a price for loyalty…

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