Kamikamica refutes claims of temporary suspension of kava exports

Kamikamica refutes claims of temporary suspension of kava exports

By Vijay Narayan
Wednesday 21/02/2024
[Image: RNZ]

The Ministry of Trade has unequivocally refuted recent claims circulating regarding the temporary suspension of kava exports from Fiji.

Deputy Prime Minister, Manoa Kamikamica has made this comment in response to a Radio New Zealand report dated 20th February, 2024.

Kamikamica says these claims, suggesting a halt in kava exports, following the discovery of illicit drugs in kava packs, are unfounded and inaccurate.

He emphasises that the two issues are separate and attempts to link it is irresponsible.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji also confirms that CAAF has not issued any directive to halt kava exports, as well.

The Deputy Prime Minister says while they are committed to combatting illicit drugs, this in no way undermines the integrity of our exports, especially kava exports from Fiji, which goes through several layers of checks by the industry and the competent authorities in Fiji.

Kamikamica says the respective authorities are diligently carrying out their responsibilities to maintain the highest standards of product safety and security.

Kamikamica urges all stakeholders to refrain from spreading misinformation and encourages the general public and stakeholders to only listen to the official source of information and contact the Ministry if further clarifications are needed.

He also encourages members of the media to take care whilst reporting.

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