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Monday, May 30, 2005
Posted 2:14 PM by Luigi
Vanuatu kava still in business in Fiji
Fiji Times, May 28, 2005
VANUATU kava will not be banned from Fiji, says Fiji Kava Council president Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo.
He said that Germany's lifting of a kava ban was subject to certain conditions.
"We have been given time from now until June 2007 to carry out tests to prove the positive effects of kava on health users and present the results to Germany."
He said they were working with the International Kava Council to fulfil the conditions.
In a letter to The Fiji Times, Dave Aidney, the German Consul to Fiji explained that Germany had not lifted the kava ban but changed it to an interruption of licence.
"It means that kava can still not be sold as a medicine in Germany but if the argument is convincing and conclusive, the licence could be reinstated," he said.
Ratu Josateki said Fiji had a traditional arrangement with Vanuatu to buy kava from them, which would not be broken.
"We can't fulfil the demand of the local market, so we buy from other islands.
"We've told producers to improve their quality and increase production.
"We buy 100 tonnes of kava a month for $6million. If we take away that huge portion, producers will have to improve and fill the gap," he said.
In reply to parliamentarian Poseci Bune's description of the effects of Vanuatu kava Ratu Joe said, "we've advised the producers to improve on the quality of kava exported to Fiji. We want to be sure that we're buying kava that is suitable for drinking and not harmful."
He said kava bought from Vanuatu would go through proper quarantine examination before being released to the market.
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