Mejit promotes bwiro plan

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility on Mejit Monday this week, from left: Mejit Mayor Almo Momotaro, Nitijela Member Dennis Momotaro, IOM Head Angela Saunders, Alap David Hanchor, Lisa Lucky on behalf of Irooj, and Rev. Gordon Kalles. Photo: Chewy Lin.

An unusual groundbreaking ceremony was held on Mejit Monday this week — groundbreaking for a new facility for breadfruit product production.

Staff from the International Organization for Migration alongside Mejit Nitijela Member Dennis Momotaro and Mayor Almo Momotaro, traditional leaders and project partners traveled to celebrate the groundbreaking Ridge to Reef (R2R) livelihood project.

The project is focusing on bolstering the development of bwiro (fermented breadfruit) production for the community. Mejit is traditionally known as the best producers of bwiro, much sought after both in the RMI and overseas with Marshallese communities looking to savor a taste of home.

IOM officials recognized the Global Environment Fund and United Nations Development Program for the opportunity to work with the community there and said they look forward to seeing the developments in coming months.

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