VENDORS at Labasa Market were taken by surprise yesterday morning when a Nasasa man from Nadogo walked in with two tall bundles of yaqona roots for sale.
The two-metre waka (roots) drew an amazed crowd who had never seen such a yield before.
Yaqona farmer Mohammed Munif said the plant was six years old.
"It's about two metres long and we have decided to sell it.
"The two bundles weigh about 40kg and we are selling 1kg for $40," he said.
"If we sell the two bundles, they could rake in more than $1000 each.
"This is the first time we have had such a humungous plant grow in our farm and I believe it's because of the soil fertility and how we take good care of our farm."
Passer-by Laisiasa Maduanavanua said he was stunned by the length of the roots.
"I have never seen a yaqona plant so long like this in my life," he said
"At least, yaqona farmers out there will be motivated when they see this plant in the newspaper.
"It will encourage them to plant more because the value of this is more than enough to support one's family."