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Youths Invest In Mangrove Seedlings For Income, Fight Climate Change

Club president, Paulini Tuwai said it was the first project the members had planned and worked for since the majority of the youths were unemployed.
08 Oct 2021 14:17
Youths Invest In Mangrove Seedlings For Income, Fight Climate Change
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports Parveen Bala with youths at the Natutu Village in Ba on October 4, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Youths of Natutu Village in Ba are investing in mangrove seedlings to rake in income to help support them and their families.

The 27 youths, who are members of the Natutu Youth Club were part of the mangrove planting activity at the village on Monday officiated by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala.

At lease 3000 seedlings were planted.

Club president, Paulini Tuwai said it was the first project the members had planned and worked for since the majority of the youths were unemployed.

The 29-year-old said mangrove planting was an option for the youths to be engaged in a part-time employment because they lived close to the sea.

She said farming had been put on hold because the sea water was not doing any good to their cassava plantations.

“We were approached by our village elders to invest in mangrove planting,” she said.

“So what we are doing now is planting mangroves and when it is time for the mangroves to be transplanted, we have decided to sell them at $2 a bag of seedlings to those interested.

“That way it is helping the youths earn an income and allowing our buyers to fight climate change by planting the mangroves in their own areas.”

She said the funds collected from the sale of the mangrove seedlings would go towards the club’s major project – a bus shelter.

“The villagers have been without a proper bus shelter for ages, and constructing a proper one for them was our major project,” she added.

There are approximately 300 villagers.

Mr Bala told the youths how amazed he was to see their commitment to fight climate change.

“COVID-19 is here and we will overcome that, but climate change is for today and tomorrow and to fight it we rely on our youths,” he said.

“We have decided that we will go throughout the country, and our target is that by December we should plant as much mangroves as we can.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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