21 Jul 2006

Seaweed new cash crop for some Fiji farmers

10:10 am on 21 July 2006

People living on Fiji's outer islands with few sources of income can now turn to growing seaweed for cash.

The Fiji Sun reports that the people of remote Ono-i-Lau in the Lau group earned 50-thousand US dollars from 100 tonnes of seaweeds grown in just six weeks.

A fisheries ministry official, Malakai Tuiloa, is quoted as saying that there is a big demand for Fiji seaweed in Japan where it is used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

He says the growing of seaweed has now started in seven locations around Fiji.