The Assistant Agriculture Officer (AAO) for Korisa Memorial Agriculture Station on Green Hill, North of Tanna, Isaac Iaruel, is currently working with kava farmers to increase production.

In 2015, Tropical Cyclone Pam has destroyed most of the kava plants in North Tanna, so this replanting effort is part of the rehabilitation of kava farms. The farmers on this area were encouraged to grow noble kava varieties.

“The farmers now have the knowledge on noble kava varieties and are really putting extra efforts to increase production, thus, aiming for market opportunities and at the same time generating income for their families,” AAO for North Tanna, Mr Iaruel said.

“The main source of kava at Lenakel market is North Tanna. I have identified 20 lead kava farmers who have produced huge kava farms and are still planting kava.

“Amongst those lead farmers are both male and female. Most of the female farmers are also selling kava at Lenakel market.”

A profiling of lead kava farmers in North Tanna is already being compiled by Mr Iaruel.

“A profiling was done to ensure the number of farmers is recorded and how many farmers the Department of Agriculture is working with,” he concluded.

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