7 Apr 2015

EU to carry out kava study

4:28 am on 7 April 2015

Vanuatu's ambassador in Brussels says the European Union will carry out a study into kava, which is banned in countries like Germany.

EU will again look at kava which it has widely banned

EU will again look at kava which it has widely banned Photo: AFP

The commodity is popular in Melanesia but faces uncertainty in many export markets.

The ambassador, Roy Mickey Joy, says the European Union has agreed to consider a submission to the Technical Barriers to Trade programme and will appoint a legal firm to carry out a kava study.

This, he says, will take seven months and take into account legal, scientific and trade aspects of kava.

He says a two-day conference is planned in Brussels involving Pacific kava producers, with its outcome to be shared with the firm conducting the kava investigation.

This is expected to lead to a ministerial conference on kava, to be able to agree on a roadmap that would address the kava ban in Germany.

It would also look at market and quality issues, so that the product can be exported globally.

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Photo: RNZ