Uto ni Yalo in part­ner­ship to re­vive Moala, Matuku cot­tage in­dus­tries projects

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The Uto Ni Yalo Trust hopes to sal­vage the dilo (ball nut) busi­ness by re­viv­ing cot­tage in­dus­tries on Moala and Matuku is­lands. Trust sec­re­tary Dwain Qalo­vaki said pre­vi­ously the cot­tage in­dus­try has been hin­dered by lack of sea trans­porta­tion. “The dilo tree grows in abun­dance on these two is­lands, dilo is a high value com­mod­ity for cosmetics,” Mr Qalo­vaki said.

Dilo is listed as en­dan­gered by the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN) Red list of threat­ened species. “Dilo is an ideal com­mod­ity to be­gin trans­port­ing back to the Fi­jian cap­i­tal city,” he said. “This part­ner­ship blends faith-based con­ser­va­tion with en­sur­ing liveli­hoods be­tween the com­mu­ni­ties, Methodist Church in Fiji Moala divi­sion with buy­ers to be pre­ar­ranged and the Uto ni Yalo Trust.” Mr Qalo­vaki said ninety per­cent of all goods is trans­ported by sea us­ing ves­sels that are pre­dom­i­nately pow­ered by fos­sil fu­els.

“Through fund­ing from the Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity Small Grants Pro­gramme, the Uto ni Yalo is demon­strat­ing how low car­bon sea trans­port can off­set Fiji’s fos­sil fuel reliance and become a vi­able op­tion for cargo trans­fer from re­mote mar­itime is­lands,” he said.

The 72 foot dou­ble hulled sail­ing ves­sel Uto ni Yalo is equipped with high ef­fi­ciency so­lar pan­els that power its twin propul­sion sys­tem and wind sails.

It is on a 375 five nau­ti­cal mile voy­age to the Lau ar­chi­pel­ago as part of its ef­fort to demon­strate how sus­tain­able sea trans­porta­tion can become a vi­able op­tion for car­ry­ing high value cargo from re­mote mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties to mar­kets in Fiji’s main island.

The Lau voy­age to Moala and Matuku island over nine days, be­gan on Au­gust 11 and took over two days to reach the first island.

“Our fo­cus is to as­sess ex­ist­ing re­sources on these is­lands and present op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate a cot­tage in­dus­try that was pre­vi­ously hin­dered by lack of sea trans­porta­tion,” he said. The 16-mem­ber voy­ag­ing crew will also con­duct a beach clean up along the shore­line of both is­lands in or­der to un­der­stand the types and quan­ti­ties of non biodegrad­able waste found and present the in­for­ma­tion back to the com­mu­nity with op­tions for safe dis­posal.

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