Fiji Time: 11:48 AM on Monday 26 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Archives » Article Index

Yaqona theft

Serafina Silaitoga
Friday, February 09, 2018

YAQONA farmers in Bua applauded police for their commitment in investigating alleged crop theft that has caused an estimated $1 million loss for victims over the past year.

Wainunu advisory councillor William Brown said the continuous visit by investigating officers built the confidence of the community in the police.

"We are so happy that police has continuously visited us after we reported cases of yaqona theft in our farms and their daily visit has made us believe in them," he said.

"We know they will do their best to get the culprits out of their hidden places because we want to know who is stealing our yaqona.

"Eight farmers, in one week, lost about $170,000 when thieves stole more than 200 yaqona plants from their farms."

Mr Brown said the situation was heartbreaking for many hardworking farmers.

"You put in so much effort and look forward to harvesting the yaqona and earn a good amount of money for the families, but later find out that it has been stolen," he said.

"We are working with police to fight this crime happening around Vanua Levu, especially when the price of yaqona is high.

"We won't give up this fight and we will support police to find the culprits who are behind this."

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said investigations into these alleged theft cases were continuing.

Last week Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea confirmed that Government had banned the sale of green yaqona from all farms on Vanua Levu.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63200.6130
JPY 54.077951.0779
GBP 0.35650.3485
EUR 0.40700.3950
NZD 0.69240.6594
AUD 0.64120.6162
USD 0.50160.4846

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 26th, February, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Family mourns loss
  2. Query over poll results
  3. Report to determine next course of action
  4. 1 week to solve issues
  5. The origins of the Nasukamai people
  6. CCTV cameras for town
  7. Heavy rain and flash flooding alert
  8. PM praises China support
  9. More staff members for health centre
  10. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wheels for ex-PMs Thursday (22 Feb)
  2. Police brutality claims Thursday (22 Feb)
  3. Tears flow for eleven Wednesday (21 Feb)
  4. Threat claims by group Saturday (24 Feb)
  5. That fateful night Friday (23 Feb)
  6. Choices for PM Saturday (24 Feb)
  7. 'I won't stand down' Friday (23 Feb)
  8. 200 vehicles from China Thursday (22 Feb)
  9. Living in fear Tuesday (20 Feb)
  10. Ministers and public transport Thursday (22 Feb)