Co­pra cut­ting en­dures sev­eral gen­er­a­tions

‘Our trad­ing cen­tre is Savusavu and we usu­ally travel once or twice a month there to sell co­pra.’

Fiji Sun - - Nation - JOSAIA RALAGO josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

The peo­ple on Ciko­bia Is­land in the North­ern Di­vi­sion have sur­vived gen­er­a­tions of trade in co­pra cut­ting.

Turaga-ni-koro of Vat­ulele Vil­lage Maika Turisi said while other sources of in­come had phased out, this trade re­mained. “Our re­liance on this in­dus­try stems from our fore­fa­thers and we still de­pend on it to­day,” Mr Turisi said. “We have been able to send our chil­dren to school and meet our daily needs through co­pra sales.” He said while fish­ing sup­ple­mented their earn­ings, the co­pra in­dus­try re­mained as their main source of in­come. “Yes, we go out fish­ing and at times make good money out of it but be­cause a good catch de­pends on fine weather etc, co­pra is main­tained as our main source of in­come,” Mr Turisi said. “Like any other com­mod­ity, the price fluc­tu­ates and right now the buy­ing price is re­ally good. “Our trad­ing cen­tre is Savusavu and we usu­ally travel once or twice a month there to sell co­pra. What we earn de­pends on the qual­ity and quan­tity of co­pra we take.” He said the vil­lagers were also en­gaged in the plant­ing of co­conut trees to en­sure that this in­dus­try re­mained. “This is to also spur in­ter­est among the young ones so they would not to run around look­ing for a source in­come in the fu­ture,” Mr Turisi said.

“Like our fore­fa­thers did for us, we are con­tin­u­ing with the same ini­tia­tive to se­cure their fu­ture.” There are four vil­lages on Ciko­bia Is­land namely Vat­ulele, Nalele, Vun­inuku and Nau­to­vatu. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Our re­liance on this in­dus­try stems from our fore­fa­thers and we still de­pend on it to­day Maika Turisi Turaga-ni-koro of Vat­ulele Vil­lage

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