SEAWEED farming is becoming a popular trade among villagers in the North.
Divisional fisheries officer northern, Joji Vakawaletabua said a high interest had been expressed by villagers willing to plant seaweed for financial benefits.
“More communities have come in and asked us to teach them how to plant seaweeds and it’s encouraging to see that they are interested,” he said.
“The villages from the three provinces have shown interest and not just Macuata only.
“So our teams have been moving out to these places to teach villagers how to plant seaweed and how to harvest.”
Mr Vakawaletabua said they had set up nurseries that would supply seedlings to the villagers.
“We need to do this because the interest is high and more people are getting involved with seaweed farming.
“Our work in Bua has now moved to Saolo from Dama area and a team will also work with the women of Karoko Village as they want to plant seaweed as well.
“We are planning to take our program to Rabi Island. A few farmers in Taveuni have asked that we also bring seaweed farming across to them so it’s all part of the plan.”
The women’s club in Karoko Village, Mr Vakawaletabua said, used to plant seaweed 16 years ago.
“So it’s good to see that they are coming back for this project because it rewards villagers with good money.”
Source: Fijitimes 2 Aug 2015