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Villagers To Start Fish Farming From Donation

Nabutubutu villagers in the Macuata Province have embarked on an aquaculture project to assist them in their livelihoods. The villagers who received $5000 from the Valebasoga Tropik Board Limited last
21 Aug 2016 07:26
Villagers To Start Fish Farming From Donation
Mataqali Nasereyaga trustee member Tuvala Cokanasiga receives the cheque from Ala Din, a representative of the Valebasoga Tropik Booard yesterday. Photo: Supplied.

Nabutubutu villagers in the Macuata Province have embarked on an aquaculture project to assist them in their livelihoods.

The villagers who received $5000 from the Valebasoga Tropik Board Limited last week in Labasa are eager to explore this new venture.

The trustees of the Mataqali Nasereyaga from Nabutubutu village went to the Valebasoga Tropik Board Limited office in Labasa to receive the donation.

A member of the trustee Tuvala Cokanasiga said they were grateful for the assistance that they have received.

“We are thankful to the company for donating some money for our project,” Mr Cokanasiga said.

“Our main source of income, apart from a little bit of farming, has always been the returns we received from the logging on our land.”

Valebasoga Tropik Board Limited spokesperson Seru Vueta said this was in line with the Government’s private and public partnership vision.

“This was facilitated by the Department of Fisheries in the North to assist the villages find a viable source of livelihood,” Mr Vueta said.

He said the company wanted to help the land owners find an alternate source of income, giving their young plants time to mature.

Mr Cokanasiga said they were ready to start as soon as possible.

“The sooner the better and since the weather has been unfavourable our plans had to wait,” Mr Cokanasiga said.

He was also thankful to the Government for putting in place policies and activities that helped landowners.

Mr Cokanasiga came with two other trustees Waisea Cavunailoa and Epeli Talatala to receive the donation.

He said tilapia and grass carp would be raised in their fish farm.

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