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Coral farm plan

Saturday, February 22, 2014

THE first community-based coral farming project in the Western Division could be established as early as next month in the Yasawa Group.

Walt Smith International, the 2013 Fisheries exporter of the year, has marked Marou Village on Naviti Island as the next site for a coral farm.

"We have been farming coral in Lautoka for 17 years but only in-house. This will be the first community-based project in the West," said company director Walt Smith.

He said the villagers could expect to earn around a thousand dollars monthly once the coral farms were up and running.

The company has established two community-based farms in Vunivutu and Druadrua in Vanua Levu, and are now looking to Yasawa to expand this already successful program.

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