The Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau met with seaweed farmers in Kaba, Tailevu this week.
The Kaba seaweed cluster group is one of the most successful seaweed projects in the country and has a total of 10 farmers that put in considerable effort for their income generation.
These farmers are from the main seaweed farming villages of Dromuni and Vatani who have also ventured into value-adding seaweed products such as lotion and soap.
The visit created an opportunity for the farmers to share their cluster’s achievements and aspirations and also allowed the visiting team to clarify issues of concern.
During the discussions, Mr. Koroilavesau stated that the Fiji Government has a commitment to reach rural communities and help them grow and be self-sufficient.
“This includes helping out in any way possible to elevate the profile of seaweed and help it grow”, said Mr. Koroilavesau.
Apart from general fisheries priorities, the visit was successful and all agreed that a Kaba Seaweed Progress Plan must be developed as well as an increase in seaweed lines and nursery.
Financial literacy training will be conducted for seaweed farmers as well as an income generation exercise.
Mr. Koroilavesau also added that the ministry will work hard with the women of Kaba in their seaweed value-adding venture and recognition of their seaweed label.
The Ministry of Fisheries will be looking at executing necessary work in the following weeks to address priority areas for the Kaba seaweed farmers.