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Yaqona to be developed as a key commodity

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) last week organized a consultation program with the Yaqona farmers, exporters, and the Processors in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa. The Principal Economic Planning Officer Agriculture Trade, Pauliasi Tuilau said the main objective of the consultation was to involve the stakeholders to […]

DEPTFO

July 5, 2016 5:37 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) last week organized a consultation program with the Yaqona farmers, exporters, and the Processors in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.

Farmers at the consultation program in the Central Division. (DEPTFO)
Farmers at the consultation program in the Central Division. (DEPTFO)

The Principal Economic Planning Officer Agriculture Trade, Pauliasi Tuilau said the main objective of the consultation was to involve the stakeholders to be informed of the recent development with emphasis on the Yaqona Bill, the ‘National Yaqona Standard’ and the ‘Yaqona Quality Manual’.

TUILAU: “These documents are designed to develop and improve industry organization. Our work is focusing in developing the industries especially in some of the key commodities that the government is looking at and one of these is yaqona.”

“We have a lot of ongoing developments taking place with yaqona in line with government’s focus to develop this commodity into the industry level which the government wants.”

Mr Tuilau added that there is also a regional effort for the improvement of Yaqona as an export product and its access to the international market.

TUILAU: “Therefore, all kava producing countries in the Pacific are required to develop their national policies. One of the developments taking place is the National Kava legislation and at the moment Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific that has the kava legislation with Fiji being the second.”

Mr Tuilau said the main focus of the consultation was to present to the farmers and stakeholders the scope of these draft documents so that they can be aware and also get feedback and clarify some issues of concern.

TUILAU: “We have developed our Yaqona Bill together with the Yaqona Quality Manual and the National Yaqona Standard. We are thankful for the technical assistance and funding support provided by PHAMA and we are able  to look into this with government to develop these two documents.”

Consultations continue in Kadavu.

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