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Fish and prawns in demand

SERAFINA SILAITOGA
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

THE Department of Fisheries anticipates a high demand of sea food following boost of infrastructural development in the Northern Division.

As a result, the department has planned to expand prawn and fish farming around Vanua Levu.

Senior fisheries officer north Joji Vuakaca said the province of Cakaudrove had already increased its prawn and fish ponds.

Yesterday, his team harvested prawns from a newly established pond outside Labasa Town.

The pond also had Tilapia fish which weighed six kilograms.

Mr Vuakaca said following increased infrastructural development of roads and other investment opportunities, his team anticipated an increase demand of prawns and fish.

“A lot of investors and contractors coming to Vanua Levu for work are Asians and they love their sea food especially prawns.”

“So we are working with farmers in the three provinces to increase production of prawns and establish more aquaculture to meet the high demand we expect,” Mr Vuakaca said.

Aquaculture farmer of Nabekavu Mohamed Yunus said he started his prawn and fish farms two months ago.

“It is good money and it only takes two to three months before harvesting and the good thing about it is the market availability,” Mr Yunus said.

“We have no problems with the market and the hotels also demand for prawns so it is good business. I will also establish another eight prawn farms in the area to help meet the expected demand from investors,” Mr Yunus said.





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