Van­u­atu launches Kava Ex­port strat­egy

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Van­u­ata has just launched its Kava Strat­egy and Kava Qual­ity Stan­dard for Kava Ex­port. Van­u­atu Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock, Forestry, Fish­eries and Biose­cu­rity, Matai Sere­ma­iah, said there is a short­age of kava in the coun­try.

This, he said was both for lo­cal con­sump­tion as well as for ex­port due to in­creas­ing de­mand. “We need to work to­gether to demon­strate to our in­ter­na­tional mar­kets and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that we are se­ri­ous about kava and we will pro­vide top qual­ity kava, safe for hu­man con­sump­tion,” he said. “We must ad­dress the is­sue to help our kava farm­ers to in­crease the level of kava farm­ing to com­mer­cial farm­ing by way of set­ting up nurs­eries for noble kava (va­ri­eties). “To achieve this we must all work to­gether to sup­port each other and the Gov­ern­ment, the chiefs and farm­ers and Aus­tralia and New Zealand in our pro­gramme.” Kava rep­re­sents Van­u­atu’s cul­tural re­spect and iden­tity. The Act­ing Chair­man of the Kava In­dus­try Work­ing Group said Kava to­day is a com­mod­ity of great eco­nomic im­por­tance, one of the back­bones to boost the coun­try’s young econ­omy.

Donor part­ners

In re­sponse from the Donor Part­ners, the Sec­ond Sec­re­tary to the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion, Mal­colm Pater­son said Aus­tralia has been pro­vid­ing fund­ing to­wards the kava pro­gramme since 2009. He said Aus­tralia pro­vided al­most US$257 mil­lion to­wards the over­all PHAMA Pro­gramme which also cov­ers Fiji, Solomon Is­lands and Tonga. “Kava is a com­mod­ity which has the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to­wards ex­port,” he said. “To help Van­u­atu to ex­port its kava, these stan­dards are nec­es­sary to guide the farm­ers, sup­pli­ers and ex­porters to main­tain a high stan­dard of qual­ity level of the com­mod­ity”. Pater­son said with these, Van­u­atu can build a rep­u­ta­tion as a high qual­ity stan­dard ex­porter of kava to the Re­gion and the world.

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