Sea­weed Grow­ers To Go Up Another Level

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After the dev­as­ta­tion left by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sea­weed farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties are un­der­go­ing train­ing at the Forestry Train­ing Cen­tre in Colo-i-Suva to help them boost the sea­weed sup­ply. Sea­weed pro­duces an im­por­tant prod­uct used in cos­met­ics, food pro­cess­ing and in­dus­trial uses. It is a food source and a de­mand ex­port prod­uct for Asian coun­tries like China, Indonesia and the Philip­pines. The Min­istry of Fish­eries and Forests act­ing di­rec­tor for Fish­eries Ge­orge Mad­den said: “The main aim for this work­shop is to em­power those com­mu­ni­ties who are plant­ing sea­weed to get into another level of pro­cess­ing. “We en­cour­age farm­ers to make other prod­ucts from sea­weed; like soap, sea­weed juice, sea­weed jelly, and other prod­ucts from the dried sea­weed or green sea­weed. “The de­mand for sea­weed is there but the sup­ply is less, Cy­clone Win­ston has re­ally af­fected clus­ter farm­ers. Only sea­weed farms on Vanua Levu and Gau Is­land were safe. “We are now go­ing through re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes and try­ing to set up new nurs­ery and set up new farm­ers,” he said. Mr Mad­den said this train­ing is a fol­low up from the train­ing which they pre­vi­ously had in Mau Vil­lage in Navua. The three day train­ing will end to­mor­row. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

We are now go­ing through re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes and try­ing to set up new nurs­ery and set up new farm­ers

Ge­orge Mad­den

Min­istry of Fish­eries and Forests act­ing di­rec­tor for Fish­eries

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Some sea­weed farm­ers dur­ing the train­ing yes­ter­day.

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Min­istry of Fish­eries and Forests act­ing di­rec­tor fish­eries Ge­orge Mad­den yes­ter­day.

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