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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Posted 5:37 PM by Luigi
Kava and coconut in Vanuatu
Vanuatu chiefs own kava - not Bule and VCMB
By Hilaire Bule, Port Vila Presse, 30 May 2006.
Two chiefs of Batnapni and Melsisi in Central Pentecost said they totally disagree with the re-prescription and the monopoly imposed on kava by the government through Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board (VCMB).
Chiefs Reuben Viredal and chief Chanel Molbung said that people of Pentecost had not been consulted by the minister for trade and commerce, Jame Bule and VCMB general manager, Georgy Calo, before the introduction of the kava on the list of prescribed commodity.
Chief Viredal and chief Molbung said that they are also convinced that other islands which grow kava plants are not aware of what is happening with their traditional beverage.
They say that people of Pentecost who represent the main suppliers of the product at local and international markets, should have a "say" in the future of kava.
"We are surprised that Mr Bule and Mr Calo want to take control of the market for kava. For us, the government is stealing the result of the sweat of the people in the village when they take over control of kava.
We chiefs own the kava and not Mr Bule and Mr Calo; and so far we don't see any financial assistance from the government to the farmers," said the two chiefs.
They believe that the current government policy on kava will not last long because it does not follow and respect custom and traditional rules.
For them, everything starts from the bottom and not from the top.
Chief Viredal and chief Molbung said that the current government policy on kava will not discourage the middle man as claimed by Mr Bule because VCMB is now taking over their role.
They said their people want to see the construction of a kava factory in Batnapni and control of the product given back to the farmers.
Concerning the introduction of kava on the list of Codex Alimentarius rules, the two chiefs said it is wise to consult the people in the islands before penalising them like the imposed government policy and the monopoly of the kava.
Batnapni is the main port on Pentecost and supplies approximately 200 bags of fresh and green kava, each week for more than 300 kava consumers and bars in Port Vila.
Vanuatu government eyes the export of coconut oil as fuel for motor vehicles
Radio NZ International, 30 May, 2006.
The Vanuatu government says its promotion of the local use of coconut fuel is groundwork for what it hopes will become a major international export product.
Trade Minister James Bule, who is encouraging farmers to replant their ageing plantations, is confident they can sell all the copra being produced in the country and maintain a stable price.
This follows a government announcement that it will run all its vehicles on one hundred percent coconut fuel from next month.
Mr Bule says the best way to secure the increase in the price of copra which farmers are demanding is to add value to the product.
He says they are already selling oil to the French-owned local electricity provider UNELCO.
“We are still in the early stage and we are testing it in the local markets... like in the Electricity supply of UNELCO. At this point in time, we are supplying 16-thousand litres a month. Progressively we are going to increase and over 5 years we will reach the target of supplying 100% biofuel to UNELCO."
Interesting post about kava.I read some articles about kava dieback disease.Is that problem under control?
It is definitely still a problem in many places. SPC is doing research on the subject. You can contact Richard Davis at RichardD@spc.int for information.Post a Comment
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