A group of Betel Nut (Buai) Growers from the Mekeo Region expressed their concerns at the effects they will face when the Buai Ban commences in three days’ time.
The growers from the Eboa Village along the Hiritano Highway in the Central Province are surrounded by buai plantations, with a strong dependency on the sales they generate from the buai business.
With three days till the Buai Ban commences, Ward Councilor for Eboa Village, Ward 5 of the Mekeo Kuni LLG, Charles Ikay, expresses his concern at the lack of awareness presented to them.
“There was no awareness on buai ban carried out in the Mekeo district, in terms of transporting betel nut in the nation’s capital,” said Ikay.
Retired Elders within the village, with past public servant history, have also aired their concerns - particularly about the effects the ban will have on the Consumer Price Index, where Betel Nut is regarded as a commodity.
“Betel Nut is one of the commodities in the Consumer Price Index basket…many people here in Mekeo depend on Betel Nut…why would the Governor just ban buai in NCD without providing any awareness to the people,” said Leo Epo, Elder- Eboa Village, Mekeo Kuni, Central Province.
Considering the new rules and restrictions placed upon them, one female grower appealed to the Governor of NCD for protection – not only with the prices and selling process of the growers, but for their welfare and wellbeing at these new market locations.