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Australia Morrison ups kava imports in nod to Fiji

09:50  11 october  2019
09:50  11 october  2019 Source:

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Importing kava into Australia will be easier after Scott Morrison announced a trial program to loosen import restrictions. "We have agreed that we will be working to put a pilot program together to ease some of the limitations on importation of kava into Australia," Mr Morrison said after the meeting.

Kava is the unofficial national drink of Fiji and is enjoyed religiously and with great ceremony for its mild sedative (some say euphoric) effect. As a visitor to Fiji , you will most likely be invited to try it yourself during a kava -drinking demonstration at your resort or during a visit to a local village.

Scott Morrison© Getty Scott Morrison People will be allowed to bring up to four kilograms of kava into Australia for their personal use by the end of this year.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Fiji's leader Frank Bainimarama about the new settings for kava during their bilateral meeting in Suva on Friday.

The new limit of four kilograms, which is twice the current amount allowed, will be applicable from the end of the year.

The nation will then trial a program for commercial imports at the end of 2020.

Mr Morrison has described it as a win for Australia and the Pacific family.

The news was well-received by Mr Bainimarama, who joked that all of Fiji had been waiting for it.

The bitter drink, which has mild sedative and euphoric properties, is culturally important in Pacific communities but has had import restrictions in Australia for many years.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai first raised the idea with Mr Morrison while in Port Vila in January.

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