MARIJUANA cultivation still exists in some parts of the Navosa highlands despite the best efforts by law enforcement officers to curb agriculture of the lucrative weed.
According to assistant roko tui Navosa Marika Nagata, the issue was extensively discussed during the Naqalimare, Nasikawa and Namataku district meetings that were held earlier this week.
He said drug cultivation was again the centre of discussion at the three districts' meetings.
He said village headmen and district representatives had been reminded to address the matter with their fellow villagers.
"Drug cultivation is again happening in the highlands and the issue is yet again being discussed between government officials and council members during meetings," Mr Nagata said.
"The re-occurrence of this illegal activity shows the lack of awareness campaigns to villagers. It is high time that all stakeholders take a positive approach in addressing the matter and educate our youths on the negative impact of marijuana to members of the society," he said.
Earlier this year, Navosa police uprooted 22 marijuana plants at Tonuve Village in Bemana.
Keiyasi police station officer Inspector Uraia Davu said the raid was made after a tip-off from a villager.
He said police officers walked for more than six kilometres from the village to the farm where the plants were hidden.