Choiseul farmers urged to consider Kava as commercial crop alternative

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

KAVA Farmer of Pupuka Village at Northwest Choiseul Mr John Kula urges farmers around Choiseul to grow Kava and consider it a valuable alternative from other commercial cash crops in the province.

From observation, he reasons that Kava is easier to look after and manage compared to other cash crops, less affected by plant diseases and has high demand from overseas buyers this time especially from the United States of America (USA) which means local buying prices continues to rise.

“And, the availability of local buyers like Varivao Holdings Company makes it easier for quick access for quick money under the conditions set down between Varivao and Choiseul Agriculture Authority to provide continuous trainings and injection of funds to a proposed Choiseul Kava Farmers Association.

“This is to buy Kava products from the local farmers to assist them in their families’ livelihoods and other needs like school fees, medical expenses and even to set up other small income generating businesses,” said Kula.

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