Codex Alimentarius discusses Pacific’s Kava and Noni

Regional Codex member countries have come together to discuss, conclude and adopt the draft standard to go before Codex Commission in Rome to be declared a global tradeable commodity.

The Codex Alimentarius or the “Food code’ is a set of standards developed by FAO and WHO to help nations protect their consumer health and ensure fair practices in trade.

World's first kava tissue lab opens in Fiji

The FijiKava Limited facility opened in Levuka last week.

Company founder Zane Yoshida said the new facility would standardise and improve the quality of kava in the country.

With increased demand from Europe and the United States, Fiji must explore every opportunity to protect kava as a true Fijian product, he said

Mr Yoshida, who hails from Levuka, said the mass production of disease-free kava plants with desirable traits would take place at the laboratory.


Vanuatu says proposed Pentecost port for kava trade

Vanuatu has signed a deal with China for a feasibility study on a small port and a connecting road on the island.

The move comes as the US continues to warn of the increasing Chinese influence in the region.

Last year Vanuatu refuted claims that it was discussing the possibility of a Chinese naval base in the country.

Mr. Reganvanu pointed out the latest development is simply to aid the domestic kava trade.

Vanuatu, Fiji urge Australia to 'step up' kava allowance for travellers

Australia currently allows two kilograms per person, but the government is considering doubling that to four.

In submissions to Australia's Office of Drug Control, Fiji's government proposed a quota of 10 kilograms per person, while Vanuatu suggested 15.

The director general of Vanuatu's foreign affairs department, Kalfau Kaloris, said he didn't believe 4 kilograms was enough - particularly if it's to be used at a large ceremony.

Australia's restrictions on kava are driven by concerns about its misuse in remote communities.

Vanuatu continues push for quality standard for kava

Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are working to adhere to an international food standard for their kava products.

The Codex Alimentarius Quality Standard is set by the World Health Organisation and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

It sets guidelines on the safety, quality and fairness of food trade.

The Vanuatu scientist and kava expert Vincent Lebot said following the standard would protect the health reputation of kava.

He said bans on kava in Europe and Australia were due to misunderstandings on what it was and how it was used.

Vanuatu welcomes Polish move to re-legalise kava

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports it's no longer a crime to possess or consume kava in Poland although it's still illegal to sell it.

The traditional Pacific drink had previously been banned in some European countries over health fears.

Mr Regenvanu said the law change came in time for the upcoming climate talks in Poland and his delegation would have to take kava with them.

Vanuatu govt bill seeks to protect kava from outsiders

The bill would provide for only ni-Vanuatu farmers to plant kava, leaving any expatriate farmer looking to plant kava having to apply for a permit.

The minister said what he saw on his recent visit to Fiji convinced him to introduce the kava protection bill in parliament.

Mr Seremaiah had warned that in Fiji expatriate are mass producers of kava and have taken over a once strictly Fijian farmers' traditional kava industry and he does not want the same situation in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu confident of meeting kava target

Today at Tagabe, Antoine Ravo launches Vanuatu's Kava Replanting Programme, in which farmers will be encouraged raise Kava plants in nurseries before planting them with suitable companion crops like kumala, banana and taro.

Kava takes three to five years to harvest and the director says farming knowledge is advancing to ensure 100 percent growth rate of noble kava.

He says the ongoing challenges faced by the industry include the cost of transport and poor access between farms and markets.

Vanuatu kava industry to keep door open on tudei

Last week an industry meeting was held in Port Vila amid hopes of some kava producers that restrictions on tudei might be eased.

Sensitivity around the meeting was evident in the exclusion of local journalists from covering the event.

The meeting resolved that while there's a lack of scientific information on tudei, there will be a review of all existing scientific literature on it to incorporate into ongoing consideration.

A kava exporter and chairman of the Vanuatu Kava Industry Association, Michael Louze said he was happy with the outcome of the meeting

Warning not to take kava into Poland

A promoter of Vanuatu and Vanuatu kava in Poland Dawid Chajman said kava was classified alongside hard drugs like cocaine in the eastern European country.

This is despite Poland being part of the European Union, a market where kava importation has recently resumed.

Mr Chajman said Poland banned kava separately from the EU in 2005.

He warned all travelers from Vanuatu and the Pacific entering Poland not to take any kava with them.