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New Boat And Engine For Vuwai, Tailevu

New Boat And Engine For Vuwai, Tailevu
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September 05
07:59 2014

The Commissioner Central’s office has assisted the community of Vuwai settlement, in Naikawaga, Namara, Tailevu with a boat and an engine which will boost the morale of 13 household in the community.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Apisai Tuitoma said this was a timely assistance because fishing had been their main source of income.

“The money earned by the community has been used to supplement family income, send their children to school and meet family obligations,” Mr Tuitoma said.

With this new boat and engine from the Government, he said they hoped to increase the level of their production and supply.

“For the past few years, the community has not been able to meet the demand from the customers and also their weekly supply at the Nausori Market due to limited resources and equipment which reduces our income.”

Mr Tuitoma said their plea for assistance in the last few years had been finally heard by the current Government.

“For the first time, we have seen a Government that has given so much importance to rural people.”

The Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, Filipe Alifereti, said the assistance was part of a larger initiative by the Government in partnering with local communities to improve rural livelihoods.

“The assistance is funded under the ministry’s self-help programme at a cost of $14,000,” Mr Alifereti said.

He said it was their hope that this boat and engine would assist the Vuwai community as they aspired to improve and elevate their livelihood to another level.

More than 42 self-help projects have been implemented in the Central Division as of July this year costing the Government more than $350,000.

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