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Coastal villages urged to take up seaweed farming

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

THE Fisheries Department is using district meetings on Vanua Levu to spread the gospel of seaweed farming.

Northern fisheries officer Joji Vakawaletabua said they wanted people, especially those in coastal areas, to take up seaweed farming.

"This is because seaweed farming is an easy way of earning a good income," he said.

"We are making use of the meetings in Bua, Cakaudrove and Macuata to increase awareness of such farming."

Mr Vakawaletabua said they were in the process of negotiating with overseas markets to buy seaweed from Fiji and not just China.

Some coastal villages in Macuata and Cakaudrove had taken up seaweed farming scheme and earned a good income from it. The villages included Namuka, Kavewa and Nagigi.

Mr Vakawaletabua visited Rabi last week to inspect the ice plant generator on the island.

District meetings in Macuata and Cakaudrove have started while meetings in Bua will start later in the month.

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