THE government is now providing better assistance to rural dwellers through their self-help projects.
These included farmers and boat operators and boatbuilders.
Commissioner Central Lieutenant Colonel Laisenia Tuitubou said he had a chance to visit a few individuals who were into boat-building and operating their own boat business. He said over the past years, boat operators and builders did not benefit in any way through their various businesses because of the abuse of family trust.
"Most families living in rural areas abuse family trust and do not contribute to the development of a family member's business," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.
"Families tend to use such services without paying for such expenses leaving business operators at a loss. That was recognised during our trip (to the area) last month whereby a boatbuilder was not being paid for his services as most of his clients were relatives."
Lt-Col Tuitubou said the government was able to assist the boatbuilder by providing him with tools and a new workshop.
"The boatbuilder did not have a proper workshop as he did not make a lot of profit in the past years," Lt-Col Tuitubou said.
"So government stepped in and assisted him with his business and now he is able to build more boats in Naitasiri. And other communities have been able to benefit from such self-help assistance, especially schoolchildren who have to cross rivers by bamboo rafts to get to school. Now they have proper boats to get across the river."