§ Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what progress has been made with the survey of land resources in Fiji.
§ Mr. Oram
Three officers from the Directorate of Overseas Surveys are at present taking part in this survey, and it is expected that a fourth member will join the team next January. Over 80 per cent. of the necessary new air photographs for new mapping have been obtained, despite difficult weather conditions. Enumerators are at work in the field gathering information to be used in land classification. It is expected that they will finish their work towards the end of 1968. Present estimates are that the timber resources survey will occupy three seasons, that is 1967, 1968 and 1969. Land classification data will be processed in Britain by computer.
Close liaison is being maintained with officers of the United Nations Development Programme, who at the request of the Government of Fiji are carrying out a study of forestry plantation development and timber processing and marketing.