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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:36:02 -0800

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Fiji: Counting On The Trendy To Revive Kava, A Traditional Drink

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 24 Feb 2017 - VATUKALO, Fiji - Before kava makes its way to a new wave of trendy bars in places like Brooklyn and Berkeley, Calif., it must be nurtured and plucked by people like Livai Tavesivesi. A sun-weathered farmer on the Fijian island of Ovalau, Mr. Tavesivesi, 47, once farmed kava - the main ingredient in a drink long used by residents to attain a mellow buzz - much the way people here did for centuries. First, he washed its gnarled roots in a nearby river. Then he diced them, dried them in the sun and pounded them into powder with a tabili, a supersize mortar and pestle. Finally, he carried it three miles into town to be sold. "If we didn't have a horse or car, we had to carry it," he said.

Fiji: Special Team In Operation

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 19 Jan 2015 - THE past two weeks have been a very busy period for police officers in the North as they netted thousands of dried leaves believed to be marijuana following a series of raids through their Operation Sasamaki. Even though they have pulled back from the operation as of last Friday, divisional police commander Northern SSP Shiri Singh yesterday said there was a special team still in operation.

Fiji: Drug Push

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 06 Jul 2013 - LOCALS have been involved in trafficking of drugs in and out of the country, says Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority CEO Jitoko Tikolevu. And because of the vigilance on the part of Customs officers, he said drugs worth millions of dollars have been seized.

Fiji: Drug Trend In Schools

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 23 Jun 2013 - THERE is a worrying trend of a large number of drugs and substance abuse in schools, the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Education reveals. The statistics, although taken from 2011, are the most recent.

Fiji: Teachers Make A Difference

Sun, 13 May 2012 07:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 13 May 2012 - Marijuana, tobacco, alcohol and kava use by students have decreased a lot according to an Impact Evaluation Report on the Training of Trainers for Teachers from 2009-2011 released by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council recently. The record in the decrease of drug and substance abused was based on the comparison of findings from two field researches conducted in 2004 and 2010.

Fiji: Substance Abuse Linked To Peer Pressure

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 09 Aug 2011 - SUBSTANCE abuse has been described as bad for mental health. National adviser on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Dr Isimeli Tukana said most cases of marijuana and glue-sniffing were the result of peer pressure.

Fiji: Glue For Cash

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 07:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 26 Jul 2010 - GLUE, the type used as narcotics is becoming a money earner for certain shops who retail the product after hours at much higher prices to those who use it for sniffing. According to taxi drivers, glue has become the new high for many street kids and 'working girls' as police raids have affected marijuana supply into the city.

Fiji: North Districts Top Cultivation Area List

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 30 Nov 2009 - TWO districts in the Northern Division are in the top three list of largest marijuana cultivation areas. The districts of Wainunu in Bua and Tunuloa in Cakaudrove are rated second and third after the province of Navosa for the largest marijuana farms that police have raided over the past few years.

Fiji: Villagers Choose To Banish Farmers, Users

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:00:00 GMT

Fiji Times, 30 Nov 2009 - ANY villager found with marijuana or selling the drug will be exiled from the district of Wainunu, Bua, but only after being dealt with by Fijian warlords. This is a stern warning from Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea, who believes it's time that chiefs and their people stand up to fight against the illicit drug problem in society.