Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. Theyremind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Vanuatu kava is potent
The reason for the yaqona (kava) surplus in Fiji is because yaqona suppliers are importing the Vanuatu species of the yaqona plant. This species is mixed with the Fijian plant to give it potency. Having spoken to fellow grog drinkers, we are of the opinion that the Vanuatu species gives you a headache. While we are all different and yaqona affects us differently, it is no coincidence that many of us have headaches in the morning from consuming Fijian yaqona mixed with the Vanuatu species.
Because yaqona is classified as a food item, I plead with the Ministry of Health to investigate and do tests on the Vanuatu species. Or control its importation so that our farmers many benefit. Why do we need to import yaqona when we plant it here?