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High Kava prices; Fijians need to re-look at their traditions

07:58 Tue May 15, 2018


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Rachael Nath

Fijians need to re-look at their traditions with the high kava consumption over the years says Opposition MP, Viliame Gavoka.

It was revealed in Parliament yesterday that in the 2016 financial year, inflation rates were recorded at five point five percent of which two percent was attributed to high kava prices.

Gavoka says inflation in 2016 was driven by increased kava prices due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston on Yaqona farms.

He adds with kava holding such an important role in both i-Taukei and Indo-Fijian traditions, leaders of the nation need to talk about re-looking at our traditions.

“With the recent cyclones that hid Kadavu will have major impacts on kava prices because TC Winston in 2016 virtually destroyed Yaqona farms in all other places spearing Kadavu. So we will be looking ahead to a period where Yaqona will be very expensive in this country.”

Gavoka says a dialogue to mitigate the high consumption needs to be created amongst Fijians.

He adds the proposed Kava Bill that is intended to be presented to parliament for debate needs to be fast-tracked.

The MP reiterated that a bipartisan dialogue needs to be carried out to determine how the fluctuating kava prices can reduce the inflation rate to our economy.



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