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.
With kava's popularity surging world wide, Mr Ravo says the local price for green kava is between nine and 14 US dollars per kilogram and about 35 dollars per kilogram of dry kava.
The crop is referred to in Vanuatu as "green gold".