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Scented wood revival

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

THE coastal area along Wailevu west leading to the Bua Province was once popular with sandalwood by traders who used to frequently travel the Pacific in search of the aromatic wood.

And the stocks of sandalwood were almost lost as traders ravaged the coasts of Fiji in search of the internationally-sought wood.

Today Wailevu villagers within the province of Cakaudrove are experiencing a rejuvenation of that trade.

They are now cultivating the plant to earn revenue and cater for their financial needs.

Wailevu Sandalwood Co-operative representative Serelini Tucoki said the villagers had felt the benefits that they continued to reap from the sale of the plant.

"We had to develop nurseries for the plant as it had been extinct from our forests for a long time now," Mr Tucoki said.

"We are proud to be selling our plants not only to hotels around Savusavu but also to other villages such as Natewa and also the district of Tunuloa in Buca Bay."

"We sell our potted sandalwood plants at $10 a pot and we have gained a lot through our nursery."

"There is another project that we have running along with the nursery which is copra production manned by men in the village," he said.