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Marijuana Substitute Plans

Marijuana Substitute Plans
Commissioner Eastern Luke Moroivalu holds a yasi pot plant. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai
January 26
10:26 2015

Plans are in place to identify income generating resources to replace the cultivation of marijuana.

The recent drug raids conducted by the Fiji Police Force saw more than 2200 marijuana plants uprooted in Rakiraki, Sanima, Nabukelevu and Tavuki, Kadavu.

The Commissioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu, said on Friday they were looking at sandalwood as a suitable alternative.

“We had a meeting this week with the provincial administrators and divisional officers discussing suitable income-generating projects for Kadavu and the division,” Mr Moroivalu said.

He said sandalwood farming would be an excellent choice taking into consideration its value on the market.

“A sandalwood farmer in the eastern division planted 10,000 sandalwood plants, when all that matures its total value was $500 million.

“But of course fish, dalo, kava, coconut, honey are also suitable income resources for people in the division,” Mr Moroivalu said.

He said recommendation had also been made on how best this project plans could be harnessed to ensure that local communities derive their income from these resources.

“People say it’s too long before these resources are harvested. Of course for these alternatives you’ll need to sweat.

“We need to earn an honest living because we don’t condone marijuana,” Mr Moroivalu said.

He said a team would also visit Kadavu to carry out capacity building meetings with the villages.

“So that the people understand the effects of marijuana and the consequences of cultivating marijuana,” he said.

“We want to empower them to generate income from resources available around them.

So far six suspects have appeared in court and seven are currently in custody at the Nabua Police Station for their alleged involvement.

According to Police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu the successful ‘Operation Sasamaki’ has led to the arrest of 25 people allegedly involved in the cultivation of marijuana.




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