Kava from a commercial enterprise in Fiji supplying heath care markets in Australia and New Zealand.
I contributed a piece last Sunday saying how farmers in Malaita Province were calling on the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) to look into setting-up programmes to assist them towards more prosperous commercial farming activities.
I mentioned there are a lot of kava farmers, coffee, cocoa and coconut farmers in Malaita needing technical help to boost their crop yields and with marketing their farms and plantation produce.
Quite the contrary seems to prevail in Fiji where it has just been reported that Fiji Kava Limited has secured a major supply agreement with Australian retail giant Coles.
Fiji Kava chief executive, Zane Zoshida, has said the agreement would see Coles sell noble kava extract capsules, including some new varieties.
Last year the company signed a one-year Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand health care provider Green Cross Health
That agreement led to its capsules and instant kava powder being made available in up to 200 pharmacies in New Zealand.
Source: Radio New Zealand.