NEW ZEALAND GRANT TO SUPPORT PALAU CLAM FARMING

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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Jan. 7) — The Government of New Zealand has just approved US$14,967 in grants to the Bureau of Commercial Development of the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.

The money would be used to help the expansion of giant clam production in Palau.

Minister Oitochi Besebes said it is possible to make Palau the seafood capital in Micronesia if not in the Pacific.

"We don’t need to feed the fish but just let the clam seedlings grow around the reefs," he said.

Director Alonso Joseph said the money would be used to purchase materials to construct fences in locations where five million seedlings of clams would be deployed around Palau.

The fence is to prevent predators from intruding into the sponging areas.

Joseph said anybody who are interested in clam farming can contact the MCT office for more information.

The Assistant Development Officer, Airin Natake, of the New Zealand High Commission based in Republic of Kiribati informed Director Joseph that the money was already remitted to Palau.

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