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Increase in 'green kava theft'

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

POLICE arrested a suspect in Cakaudrove for alleged kava theft.

In efforts to combat increasing grog thefts in the province, police joined the provincial taskforce put together to eliminate prevalent kava theft.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed reports of kava theft in the area had increased. "There has been an increase in reports of green yaqona theft," she said.

"We have also arrested a suspect who is in custody at Tukavesi Police Station and is being questioned. We are working closely with the taskforce."

Provincial administrator Cakaudrove Kalivati Rabuka confirmed the taskforce was working with government ministries to stop the sale of green kava.

He said they had also stopped issuing licences to companies buying green and young kava plants as part of their efforts to curb the issue. "It has been done on Taveuni and now we are enforcing it in Savusavu and Buca Bay area, in which farmers are not allowed to sell green yaqona plants."

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