KADAVU has an estimated economic value of $55.9million with yaqona cultivation being the main economic activity.
Fiji Police Force assistant Police Commissioner Inspector General Isikeli Vuniwaqa made this presentation at the final day of the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting in Suva.
The current economic value of yaqona cultivation was $22m, followed by businesses with $20.2m, pine with $6.4m, fisheries with $4.5m, tourism with $1.5m and rural banking with $1.04m. Kadavu's prospective economic value is $167.7m, the council meeting heard.
"Knowing what your people are capable of producing should be an incentive for us to continue working together and guide them towards earning a decent living within the confines of the law, which has unfortunately seen some still opting to earn in an illegal manner through drug cultivation.
"The Fiji Police Force is here to serve and protect the people of Kadavu and its visitors through effective Duavata Community Policing towards a safer and secure Kadavu."
ACP Vuniwaqa called on the chiefs to protect the image of Kadavu, which in turn could boost economic activity.
"On behalf of the Commissioner of Police, I am here to request the assistance of the people of Kadavu to work with us through the Duavata initiative, and let's protect the people and the province of Kadavu."
The representatives at the meeting agreed to launch the Duavata Community initiative in Kadavu in November.
ACP Vuniwaqa said there was a lot of economic potential on the island and police had a vision for Kadavu to be one of the safe and wealthy islands in the country.