Price of kava fluctuates

Savenaca Taganekece a Yaqona farmer of Nasau village in Koro at the Suva market yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

FOR more than four decades Savenaca Taganekece has been a yaqona farmer.

The 62-year-old Nasau villager from Koro in Lomaiviti began planting the root crop since he left school at the age of 17.

Despite not having a stable market, Mr Taganekece takes things as they come and he often sells his yaqona to middlemen in the village or in Suva.

“E sega ni dei na noqu makete ni yaqona, au volivolitaki vei ira mai na koro se vei ira qo e Suva (there is no steady market for my yaqona, but I sell it to those in the village and also to middlemen here in Suva),” Mr Taganekece said.

Since he started earning a living, Mr Taganekece said the price of yaqona seems to be increasing.

“E liu se sau lailai na yaqona, ia nikua au sa volitaka tiko e $115 se $120 dua na kilo (Before the price of yaqona used to be cheap but now I am selling it for $115 or $120 a kilo).”

Mr Taganekece, who hails from one of the most devastated villages on Koro during Tropical Cyclone Winston more than two years ago, said that Winston was a blessing in disguise.

“Vei keimami na tei yaqona, keimami kalougata ni oti o TC Winston e toso cake nai sau ni yaqona. (For us who plant yaqona, we count ourselves lucky because the price increased tremendously after TC Winston).”

Mr Taganekece, a father to four children and grandfather to seven, said he would continue to plant and harvest yaqona because he believed the price of yaqona would increase in the future.

“Au vakabauta tiko ni na toso tale e cake na sau ni yaqona (I have faith that the price of grog will increase.”

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