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Villagers learn pearl farming skills

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, January 24, 2014

IN a bid to help villagers with their livelihood, a group of officials from the Fisheries Department conducted a pearl farming awareness program in Wainikoro early this week.

Principal fisheries officer Northern Joji Vakawaletabua yesterday said the program was aimed at educating villagers on how to do it in a sustainable way.

"The team conducted the training on Wednesday and the villagers were educated on how to collect pearl spats for such farming," he said.

"Some villagers in Bua and Cakaudrove have embarked on pearl farming in the past years and it's about time we help farmers in Macuata because it's a way of earning high and quick income.

"The department is assisting villagers not only in this project but also in seaweed farming and other income-generating fisheries projects."

Meanwhile, villagers of Kavewa and Lakeba Island in northern Macuata continue to receive income from harvesting their seaweed farms, said Mr Vakawaletabua.

He earlier said one tonne of dried seaweed cost $800.

The department initiated seaweed farming on the two islands last year.








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