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Ice Plant Injects New Life For Moala Villages

  The villagers of Moala in Lau were overjoyed after the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau commissioned their new ice plant. The ice plant at Naroi Village will benefit the
29 Jan 2019 09:00
Ice Plant Injects New Life For Moala Villages
Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau opening the new ice plant at Naroi village in Moala, Lau on January 28, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula

 

The villagers of Moala in Lau were overjoyed after the Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau commissioned their new ice plant.

The ice plant at Naroi Village will benefit the eight villages on the island of Moala.

Mr Koroilavesau said the commissioning would not have been possible without the help of the chiefs on the island.

“Today, we celebrate a milestone achievement. One that represents a cultivation of three years of planning, partnership and engagement with the Ministry of Fisheries and the Fijian Government.

“The collaboration approach would not have been possible without the chiefs and the people of Moala,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

“The Government applauds you. Your proactive willingness to provide consent to the Government to lease your land was a critical factor in allowing us to bring development such as this to your shores.

“This development is intended to improve the wellbeing of your communities.

“This initiative will build on the knowledge you have to act wisely in managing our resources.

“Our collaboration needs to continue so that together we agree to better manage our natural resources and protect our environment.”

Mr Koroilavesau added it was important to manage the resources in a way that was sustainable for the future generations.

Former Naroi Village mata-ni-tikina, Jone Waqairatu said they had waited for long.

“For the past 10 years we have been trying to get an ice plant but today we are grateful for the achievement. Our plea has been heard,” Mr Waqairatu said.

“The eight villages in Moala will greatly benefit. Matuku and Totoya can also use the ice plant, especially when they are fishing near Moala.

“The main source of income for the villagers is yaqona planting but when cyclone or hurricane hits Moala we are greatly affected.

“Now we have an ice plant which will be like a back up plan. We can utilise the ice plant when this happens.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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