18 Jun 2012

Potential for Fiji women to market seaweed products internationally

5:11 am on 18 June 2012

Fiji's Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation says there is potential for business women to market seaweed products to international markets.

The Ministry is hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia to help Fiji women embark on new income generating projects.

The Permanent Secretary of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Govind Sami says through the partnership, he hopes experts frob, Indonesian can help Fiji business women to develop new seaweed products.

"Women in coastal areas are able to work with seaweed and process seaweed. There are many different types of products that can be made, including sausages, jelly, syrups, snacks, noodles, juice etc. We believe that there is an international market and even locally we will be able to utilise these seaweed products from these women."

Govind Sami says last year business women were able to begin farming bees, poultry and aquaculture.