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Raw Yaqona Trade Worries Vaturova Farmers

  Yaqona farmers in Vaturova, Cakaudrove, have expressed their worry over people buying raw yaqona in the district which has led to thefts. Speaking at a recent National Development Plan
30 Mar 2017 11:00
Raw Yaqona Trade Worries Vaturova Farmers
(left) Viliame Rokosavu and other villagers at the Korotasere Village hall. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

Yaqona farmers in Vaturova, Cakaudrove, have expressed their worry over people buying raw yaqona in the district which has led to thefts.

Speaking at a recent National Development Plan consultation in Korotasere Village, Epi Vosaca, said while the farmers in the district continued to cultivate yaqona in large quantities, the trade of raw yaqona was very discouraging.

“We need this to be stopped,” Mr Vosaca said.

“There is a recent rise in the sale of raw yaqona and we are worried that this might lead to more thefts because when they are bought raw, people can just uproot it from the farms and sell it without being detected.”

Mr Vosaca while making his submission said there were about 40 men in the village who have yaqona farms with more than 1000 yaqona plants in each farm.

Divisional planning officer northern Alipate Bolalevu said an effective way to eradicate yaqona theft was to suspend licences of buying the raw yaqona or banning its sale.

“This used to be the case in Taveuni so Government intervened through the suspension of licences in relation to the purchase raw yaqona. And so far, it has been very effective,” he said.

“We will follow up on this issue with the relevant authorities.”

Divisional Police Commander Northern Senior Superintendent Veramu Nakauyaca said: “We had tried this in Taveuni and it was effective.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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