The Fisheries Department has taken an aggressive approach in a bid to strengthen and increase seaweed farming interests in the Northern Division.
As part of this approach, department officials will be visiting seaweed farms every week to monitor and follow up on their progress.
Principal Fisheries officer Northern Joji Vakawaletabua yesterday said their aim was to strengthen seaweed farming in the division because it was a quick way of earning high income.
“As a result, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests is currently conducting several pocket awareness programs in some villages here to educate the participants about better utilisation and conservation of natural resources,” Mr Vakawaletabua said.
“The program has already been undertaken in Nabukadogo Village and Navidamu early this week and now it has moved down to Rakiraki and Nakalou.
“Today, the program will be held in Naivaka and Nasau in Bua. This is just to reach out to the villagers and encourage them to make use of available resources not only for sources of income but also for commercial purposes.”
Mr Vakawaletabua said they were also emphasising on spec collections, aquaculture and other fisheries-related activities.
“The Forestry Department is also focusing on the conservation of sandalwood farming to name a few.”
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