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Villagers harvest seaweed

Salaseini Moceiwai
Sunday, January 05, 2014

VILLAGERS of Kavewa and Lakeba in northern Macuata have started to reap the rewards of their labour after reaping the harvest from their seaweed farms last week.

The project, initiated by the Fisheries Department, was aimed at villagers having quick cash in an effort to improve their livelihood.

Principal fisheries officer Northern Joji Vakawaletabua yesterday said villagers of Kavewa harvested almost one tonne of seaweed while more than half a tonne was harvested by Lakeba villagers.

"One tonne of dried seaweed costs $800 and these villagers have continued to harvest from their respective farms as of today," he said.

"The villagers have started the new year in style as they have pocketed cash for their children's educational needs and other household expenses.

"We are initiating these farming schemes for coastal villagers because it's an easy and quick way of generating high income."

Mr Vakawaletabua said they would continue to assist more villagers with such farming schemes.

Kavewa village headman Emosi Time thanked the department for the scheme, saying more than 20 villagers benefited from it.

It was earlier reported that the department assisted the villagers with some equipment to help them start their farms.

The department had also continuously monitored the farms to ensure that they were successfully matured for harvest.





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