II. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SUVA
B. Loss of arable land
During the 1950s and 1960s the better arable land on the outskirts of Suva City was intensively cultivated for market gardening and root crops (particularly taro and ginger), mostly by Chinese immigrant farmers. Most of that arable land has now been converted to housing estates or has been eroded down the underlying soap stone by unsustainable production practices. A similar pattern is now developing on arable land beyond the city boundaries in the Greater Suva area. This misallocation and misuse of land resources could be avoided by introducing better land-use planning and regulations, together with the enforcement of good husbandry provisions on leases.