BY SAMIE WAIKORI
MALAITA provincial agriculture office will soon complete its kava pre-processing training for the province.
Provincial supervising chief agriculture officer, Mr Dennis Tafea told this paper six out of eight proposed trainings have already completed for the province.
He said the purpose of the training is to ensure farmers understand the pre-processing stages of the kava product, which can determine quality products for market.
Tafea said most kava farmers only understand the early stages of kava production; nursery, planting and caring for the kava plants.
He said the stage from harvesting that is the pre-processing stage is where the weakness of most farmers lie and this is where the training targets.
Tafea said so far they completed three trainings for southern region, one for eastern, one for northern and another one for central regions.
He said the remaining two kava pre-processing trainings will be for northern and central regions.
Tafea said a total of 240 participants have attended the six training so far and they expect them to share the knowledge learnt with their colleague kava farmers in the province.
He said the kava pre-processing training is funded by the national government through the ministry of agriculture (MAL) towards kava development in the province.