Vil­lagers to start fish farm­ing from do­na­tion

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JOSAIA RALAGO josaia.ralago@fi­

Nabu­tubutu vil­lagers in the Macu­ata Prov­ince have em­barked on an aqua­cul­ture project to as­sist them in their liveli­hoods. The vil­lagers who re­ceived $5000 from the Vale­ba­soga Tropik Board Lim­ited last week in Labasa are ea­ger to ex­plore this new ven­ture. The trustees of the Mataqali Nasereyaga from Nabu­tubutu vil­lage went to the Vale­ba­soga Tropik Board Lim­ited of­fice in Labasa to re­ceive the do­na­tion. A mem­ber of the trustee Tu­vala Cokanasiga said they were grate­ful for the as­sis­tance that they have re­ceived. “We are thank­ful to the com­pany for do­nat­ing some money for our project,” Mr Cokanasiga said. “Our main source of in­come, apart from a lit­tle bit of farm­ing, has al­ways been the re­turns we re­ceived from the log­ging on our land.” Vale­ba­soga Tropik Board Lim­ited spokesper­son Seru Vueta said this was in line with the Gov­ern­ment’s pri­vate and pub­lic part­ner­ship vi­sion. “This was fa­cil­i­tated by the Depart­ment of Fish­eries in the North to as­sist the vil­lages find a vi­able source of liveli­hood,” Mr Vueta said. He said the com­pany wanted to help the land own­ers find an al­ter­nate source of in­come, giv­ing their young plants time to ma­ture. Mr Cokanasiga said they were ready to start as soon as pos­si­ble. “The sooner the bet­ter and since the weather has been un­favourable our plans had to wait,” Mr Cokanasiga said. He was also thank­ful to the Gov­ern­ment for putting in place poli­cies and ac­tiv­i­ties that helped landown­ers. Mr Cokanasiga came with two other trustees Waisea Cavu­nailoa and Epeli Talatala to re­ceive the do­na­tion. He said tilapia and grass carp would be raised in their fish farm. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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