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Coral farming pays dividend

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, February 14, 2013

VILLAGERS of Druadrua Island have found another opportunity of earning money through coral farming.

Last week they harvested 50 pieces of coral which were gathered over two months.

This is the fist harvest from the coral farming that started in November last year.

Team leader Aseri Wereivalu said a piece of coral cost $2.

"It's just the starting of a new trade for us and we have found it very useful. It takes only a shorter period with only two months before we can harvest the coral compared to root crops," Mr Wereivalu said.

"This is the first harvest for us and the first coral farm we have in Druadrua and because we depend on the sea, having this kind of farm boosts our income opportunities," he said.

He said the pieces of coral were sold to a company in Labasa that supported the farm's founding.

"The crops planted here are for family use only and we are blessed to have the coral farm because it brings income to our families," he said.

"It is mostly the youths who are involved in this exercise so some secondary school students go along and observe how coral is planted and harvested," Mr Wereivalu said.

The coral farm is located in shallow waters near the village.