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Eco-tour revival

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, May 26, 2014

THE Abaca Eco Tour in Lautoka is not providing enough income for villagers, says village headman Viliame Rokoua.

The eco-tourism tour has been in operation for a number of years but has not been a major source of income for the villagers.

"Our main source of income now is selling our farm produce at the Lautoka Market," said Mr Rokoua.

"When the eco-tour started it was a positive start for us but now things have died down. We don't get many visitors up here like we used to when we started."

He said one of the reasons for the reducing number of visitors each year was access.

"Getting here is quite difficult and we don't have a scheduled bus service and it gets even more difficult when it rains."

The Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been working to revive the ailing eco-tour in Abaca. Chamber administrator Mohammed Salim said discussions had begun with the Commissioner Western and the Lautoka District office to improve the road conditions.

Abaca Village is located 15kilometres outside of the city centre. It is centrally located within the Koroyanitu National Park which is home to a select species of endangered birds.

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