THE Department of Fisheries has started working with villagers in Namuka district, Macuata, to establish seaweed farms.
Divisional fisheries officer Joji Vakawaletabua said a team from his department was based at the district teaching villagers how to plant seaweed.
"We have covered villages along the coast and the island of Druadrua as well," he said.
"Seaweed farming used to be popular in the area and now we are re-enforcing it.
"The interest and response shown by villagers has been overwhelming and encouraging."
Mr Vakawaletabua said it was crucial that the department worked with the community to meet overseas demands.
"Every month we have an order from the Asian market and that is why we have moved out to communities," he said.
"We have always worked with communities but now we are working with more, teaching them how to plant and harvest seaweed. It is good money and very easy to farm."