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Police: No Selling, Buying Unprocessed Yaqona

  It is now prohibited to sell or buying unprocessed or newly-uprooted yaqona following a string of thefts in North farms. Police have confirmed that the increasing number of yaqona
11 Mar 2017 11:16
Police: No Selling, Buying  Unprocessed Yaqona
Fiji Police

 

It is now prohibited to sell or buying unprocessed or newly-uprooted yaqona following a string of thefts in North farms.

Police have confirmed that the increasing number of yaqona theft on Taveuni led to this decision.

A statement from Police said: “This means the buying and supply of newly-uprooted or green yaqona plants will be deemed illegal.”

Divisional Police Commander Northern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Verani Nakauyaca confirmed the decision was made following consultations with the District Officer Taveuni.

“It has been found that the increase in theft of yaqona on the island is linked to the sale of freshly uprooted yaqona which has also made it difficult to investigate as plants are quickly disposed.”

The district officer Taveuni is responsible for the issuing of licenses for the purchase of green yaqona plants and to date there have not been any license renewals facilitated.

“We request members of the public especially in Taveuni to know that if anyone is selling or buying green yaqona plants is doing so illegally and without the proper authorisation from the District Officer.

“We urge members of the public to call the Northern Division Command Centre on 990-5722.”

The decision comes after the nationwide shortage and increasing prices to meet the demand became evident.

In a recent meeting, it was heard that 11,000 yaqona farmers sought the Ministry of Agriculture’s assistance in this shortage.

Rupeni Koro, chairperson of the Fiji Kava Council said the shortage forced the price of kava in the market to increase.

He said the cost of one kilogramme (kg) of kava that used to cost $20 to $30 was now fetching $85 to $100 a kg.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

 



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