Dravuni villagers turn their focus to tourism

Minister Naiqamu and Minister Koroilavesau share a light moment with Mr & Mrs Qereqeretabu at Dravuni. Picture: SUPPLIED

VILLAGERS of Dravuni in the Tikina of Ono in Kadavu have turned their focus on tourism, hospitality and the sustainable management of their resources.

Dravuni Village Development Officer Iliesa Bula highlighted this during the visit of the Minister for Forestry, Osea Naiqamu and Minister for Fisheries, Semi Koroilavesau to Dravuni today.

Dravuni villagers once thought they could rely on the marine life in the sea and agriculture farming as a source of income but the drastic change in weather patterns has forced them to seek alternatives.

“We thought that we would continue earning our living from the sea and land but due to climate change the marine life in particular that used to survive here in abundance at one stage are no longer evident now,” Mr Bula said.

He said that with 200 villagers occupying 46 homes in the village, they are also no longer reliant like before on yaqona farming and have decided to plant trees.

“All the men in the village over 18 years of age started their tree planting program last month whereby each of them planted five trees a day. It is because of this we have shifted our focus to tourism and hospitality as a source of livelihood as well as ensuring that we are looking after our environment.”

He said majority of the villagers worked at the local Kokomo Resort and also assisted the French film crew who are in Buliya Base Camp shooting the French Survivor Series.

 

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