Sandalwood planting

EACH family of Naividamu Village in Macuata, Vanua Levu has to plant 50 sandalwood trees every year for the next five years.

Village headman Tomasi Moli said the initiative was part of the long-term development plan aimed to benefit the young generation.

“We are looking at educational schemes through this sandalwood project and that is why each family has to plant 50 sandalwood trees every year,” he said.

“They will plant the trees around their houses and at their own farms as well.

“This project is for our own benefit and especially for our children.”

Mr Moli said the project started this year.

“But some families have already started their own sandalwood farms three years ago and we continue to encourage many to plant,” he said.

“We depend on the sea, yaqona and copra for incom but it only lasts for a short term.

“For this sandalwood project, we know it will be long-term thing.”

Th village has 40 families.