28 Mar 2015

Taskforce launched to help Fiji seaweed

10:40 am on 28 March 2015

Fiji's fisheries minister has launched a taskforce to develop seaweed farming, saying Fiji is blessed with seaweed resources.

The sea

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The taskforce, to headed by the fisheries minister Osea Naiqamu, says the government needs to ensure that seaweed farming becomes a major industry in the next few years.

He says the turnover from seaweed is very fast compared to other crops such as sugarcane and pine, with minimal start-up costs.

Mr Naiqamu says the country is blessed with seaweed resources, but they need to find a way to sustain the industry and ensure consistency in supply.