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Portable Sawmill To Assist In Rebuilding Of Homes

A portable sawmill was handed over to the people of Vanuabalavu by the Minister of Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu during his visit over the weekend. Speaking at the community
21 Jun 2016 10:26
Portable Sawmill To Assist In Rebuilding Of Homes
Minister of Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu (fourth from left), with Tui Malaka Josua Maca and villagers of Malaka Village with the portable sawmill machine in Vanuabalavu. Photo: Ministry of Fisheries and Forests

A portable sawmill was handed over to the people of Vanuabalavu by the Minister of Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu during his visit over the weekend.

Speaking at the community hall in Malaka Village, Mr Naiqamu said that the portable machine should be utilised well in preparing timber for house frames.

“Most of you had your homes partially or completely destroyed in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. With the many fallen pine trees, you will be able to put them to great use by making your own house frames which in turn saves much needed cash for other housing materials,” said Mr Naiqamu.

Representatives from each village in Vanuabalavu attended a two-week training beginning yesterday in Malaka Village on the operation of the portable sawmill.

Principal Forestry Officer (Timber Industry Training Centre) Sailosi Kinivuai said that the machine only has the capacity to prepare timber for house frames.

“The machine that was handed over to the people of Vanuabalavu is one of six portable machines at a cost of around $250,000  that were donated to the ministry by Mission 21 which is a faith based organisation in the United States of America,” Mr Kinivuai said.

“The other machines were handed out already and is currently being utilised in Savusavu, Levuka, Dawasamu and Morutiki Island.”

Tui Malaka Josua Maca thanked the ministry for the kind assistance and said that they were indeed grateful for the generosity that has been shown to the people of Vanuabalavu after everything that they had been through.

“We are indebted to the Government for this kind assistance and we are thankful that we are still in your thoughts,” Mr Maca said.

“This will no doubt assist us in a great way with the rebuilding of our homes.”

The machine will be transferred from village to village giving equal opportunities for villagers to prepare their timber for housing frames and structures.

Source: Ministry of Fisheries and Forests

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