Kava plant

Kava plant at Vanuatu Agriculture Research Training Centre (VARTC) before theft by unknown person(s), destroying years of world's largest scientific data on kava

By Len Garae

Director of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Antoine Ravo is confident kava farmers will plant more than one million kava plants by 2025.

The target of the National Kava Strategy is for kava farmers to plant a total of one million kava plants by 2025. 

However with the current kava boom coupled with high domestic and international prices that farmers are enjoying, the Director says the set target is most likely to become water under the bridge before seven years are up.

Furthermore, kava is a traditional cash crop that grows well on Santo, Malekula, Epi, Efate and Tanna and an increasing number of farmers are  planting it.

Also with increasing assistance provided by DARD and MALFFB through poly bags and perfected nursery and cutting techniques, the Director says there is only one way to go and that is up, as kava farmers commit themselves to increasing the sizes of their kava farms with more kava plants.

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