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Villagers on alcohol, kava ban

By LOSIRENE CHAND Farmers of Navesidrua Village in Seaqaqa have decided to take a month off from consuming alcohol, yaqona and even smoking. The Macuata villagers are taking a strong
30 May 2012 09:11

By LOSIRENE CHAND

Farmers of Navesidrua Village in Seaqaqa have decided to take a month off from consuming alcohol, yaqona and even smoking.
The Macuata villagers are taking a strong stand to abstain from such acts to have a healthy lifestyle. Village member, Qica Tuvuku, said the decision was made to motivate them to do things that would benefit the whole village.
“We have requested the farmers to accept the one-month taboo for their own good,” Mr Tuvuku said
“This is not only to improve their health, but to help them spend more time farming and spend time with their families.”
Mr Tuvuku said the villagers needed to have more family time and having a healthy and balanced diet was very important. He said there was a need to reduce the consumption of yaqona for men and women because more time was spent around the grog bowl.
“We spend more hours around the tanoa bowl and sleeping late and waking up late in the morning,” he said.
Mr Tuvuku said this was a way to get farmers to get up early and work on their farms.
“Farmers get grog-doped and are too lazy to wake up in the morning and work on their farms. The farms are their only source of income and a way of supporting their families,”  he said.




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