[Fiji] Seaweed cluster farmers from Vuaki and Yaqeta villages in the Yasawas have been recognised for their commitment towards seaweed farming.
In recognition of their efforts, the Ministry of Finance through the Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (IHRDP) handed over two fibreglass boats with two horsepower Yamaha engines, with fuel and marine safety equipment in accordance to MSAF regulatory requirements.
IHRDP manager Marika Naiyaga said under the national seaweed farming project this year, the new boats would boost the production of seaweeds.
“Farmers have to go far to the sea to plant seaweeds and accessibility is one of their greatest challenge, so these two new boats will greatly boost their seaweed production,” Mr Naiyaga said.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Finance Filimone Waqabaca said: “We are confident that this partnership with the Department of Fisheries and the communities in particular will lay a solid platform to revive the seaweed industry in Fiji and in the process provide a sustainable source of income to a lot of communities in rural and maritime areas.”
“From the Ministry of Finance?s perspective, we recognise that financing projects alone will not support full economic participation. Support to communities need to be holistic, a vital part of this support is community capacity building.”
Mr Waqabaca thanked the ministry’s partners from private sectors for the timely provision of the two boats and equipment.
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