THE Maumi Village improvement plan and sustainable housing and agro-forestry project was officially launched by the Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua in Maumi Village on Friday.
Col. Saumatua said the government had assisted the village by providing the improvement plan and also funding the project with $200,000.
He said it was not a pilot project and that it was the first of its kind in the country.
"The village plan for Maumi would not be the same as a normal village plan that we have at the moment, where villages built their homes where their forefathers once lived in the past," he said.
"The villagers of Maumi would now leave their old village foundation and relocate to where their new village plan would be constructed.
"We would clear the land according to town and country planning specifications which is basically the first phase of this village project."
Col. Saumatua said the villagers would expect water and electricity to be drawn to where the new village would be located which was the second phase of the village improvement plan project.
"Government would also assist the people of Maumi Village in building their new community hall," he said.
"We are paying for the 25 acres of land lease which they would use to plant vegetables, root crops and ginger which would be a source of revenue for the village.
"We are providing them with a new village, sustainable housing and a source of revenue for the village.
Col. Saumatua said Maumi Village was the leading light to a start of a new project plan in the country.
"They would also be heavily involved in chicken farming and that the project will take two years to complete," he said.
Maumi Village headman Tomasi Racava said the villagers of Maumi were thankful to government for their support especially in introducing such a great village plan for Maumi, which is situated in Tailevu.
Mr Racava said it would surely uplift the standard of living in the village after so many years.