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Gender no barrier at expo for Naivola

Gender no barrier at expo for Naivola
June 18
12:21 2017

Among the 500 women at the third Women’s National Expo was a man from Naqarawai Village in Namosi who stood tall selling his unique creation of fish traps.

Sairusi Naivola, 70, was one of the few men taking part at the Expo.

He said the fish trap was his unique and traditional method of catching freshwater fish back in his village.

“We have so much convenience of going to the market and buying the fish but it was an adventure if you take the fish trap and catch the fish by yourself,” he said.

“This fish trap is the traditional and old method of catching fish which was used many years ago by our forefathers in the Namosi villages.

“But now our young generation do not know what a fish trap is or how to catch a fish because it is easily available in the market.

“I think everyone should not forget teaching their children the traditional values and ways of doing something that is rare and unique.

“The fish trap I am selling today is made out of bamboo and a string called wame.

“I had spent three weeks to make so many fish traps and today I know before leaving the expo I will sell all of them because in the last two days I have sold more than 10 fish traps.

“I am glad that the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation had encouraged me to make the fish trap and sell so people could remember the traditional method of fishing,” Mr Naivola said.

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