Strong roots

President (left) and Secretary General of

Penama Province photographed through melomelo roots

A farmer from Lolovoli on South Ambae impressed both kava drinkers and dealers with his trunk of melomelo 15 years old.

The kava arrived at Saratamata for display during the Yam Festival last week.

Asked how many shells of “fresh harvests” he was going to make out of the trunk, he said over 100 shells.

Asked how potent it would be, he said it would depend on the person who “mixed” it with water.

The farmer said he has more trunks of melomelo on his farm but that “they are less than 15 years old”.

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