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Kava concern

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, June 26, 2014

EXCESSIVE kava consumption, transportation, and laxity in proper means of communications were some of the issues youths from Lomaiviti continuously struggle to overcome on a daily basis.

These challenges are often raised by youths in the Lomaiviti Province because they affect their livelihood and in moving forward, through developing their skills and knowledge.

Lomaiviti youth co-ordinator Sarah Tafoou said youths in the Lomaiviti Group had ample land to farm and most of which were used for yaqona and dalo farming.

"Even though youths in the province have such resources and are willing to start their business, there is no proper means of transportation for them to transport their produce to the markets where it can be sold," Ms Tafoou said.

"Apart from the transport worry, there is no market available for those who are interested to export goods overseas too."

She said another problem was the excessive consumption of kava by youths. This, she said continued to be a major problem for many youths around the division.

"Kava consumption really slows down a person's performance and youths need to try and overcome drinking too much.

"The time spent on drinking kava could be utilised in producing vegetables or root crops from the farm, so youths need to manage their time well when it comes to excessive kava consumption."


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