A Bill for an Act to establish the Fiji Kava Council in Fiji to regulate the kava industry and for related matters was presented in Fijian Parliament.
The Standing Committee on Natural Resources presented the review of Bill Number 24 of 2016. Presenting the Papers on behalf of the committee, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said the main goal of the Kava Bill was to establish the Fiji Kava Council, which would be responsible for administering the Act and would function as a corporate body with perpetual succession, Fiji Sun reports.
Koroilavesau said the kava industry in Fiji was one of the major contributors to Fiji’s economy and the demand had increased in both the local and overseas markets.
He said since kava was generating millions of dollars in the Fijian economy there was a need for a proper legal framework to establish an authority that would manage, administer and assist the growth of the kava industry in Fiji.
“With the reopening of markets for kava in Europe and the existing markets in other countries, there remains the need to protect kava cultivated and processed in Fiji.”