Korotari Nursery Pilots Climate Smart Demo Plot
The Korotari Forestry Station's Nursery, located outside Labasa Town, has designed and piloted a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) initiative.
This is an integrated landscape management method that aids in the adaptation of agricultural systems, livestock, and crops to the effects of climate change.
The CSA demo plot is a Ministry
of Forestry initiative at our Korotari Nursery and is supported by the Ministry
of Agriculture, as the two ministries work towards transforming the agri-food
system towards green and climate resilient practices.
Minister for Fisheries and Forestry, Hon. Kalaveti Ravu, launched the Climate Smart Demo Plot on Tuesday (21.03.2023) in conjunction with the International Day of Forests.
This more than half-acre pilot site at Korotari is part of the Ministry’s 2023 plan, and, if proved successful, will be replicated on several Ministry’s reforestation sites as the benefits are far greater than its establishment costs.
Staff have planted sandalwood trees integrated with fruit trees like guavas, avocados, pineapples, cassava, and vetiver grass.
The Ministry intends to extend the area covered and will even incorporate short-term vegetables.
Hon. Ravu said sustainable management of our forests cannot be achieved by the forestry sector alone.
"Given that the main drivers of deforestation are outside of forestry, we need to work together with other land-based sectors to deliver the desired outcomes for our forests. Working together with agriculture, therefore, in this CSA initiative will hopefully be the start of our pursuit of an integrated approach to how we manage our natural resources for the benefit of all our people," Hon. Ravu said.
Ministry’s Forester Extension, Josefa Matagasau, said climate-smart agriculture integrates not only certain varieties of crops but also soil, agro-inputs and farming systems.
"Climate-smart agriculture is an approach that helps guide actions to absorb shocks, stress and transform agri-food systems towards green and climate-resilient practices," Mr Matasau explained.
CSA aims to tackle three main objectives:
· Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes;
· Adapting and building resilience to climate change, and;
· Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible.