Max is a 24 year old individual farmer that loves reggae music and has been planting kava for nearly 10 years.
Max devotes himself to what he does best and that involves everything to do with agricultural development. Thus with his kava plantation and yearly sales at Anamburu he aims to finance his tuition fees to complete his agricultural courses at Emalus Campus USP.
An interesting kava planting tip Max added; “In Maewo the kava farmers usually plant water taros in between each kava crops near a river site, this traditional planting method is practiced for generations and it has helped us with our kava crops as we do not usually receive alot of rainfalls compared to Pentecost Island “.
In all, planting water taro in between kava crops not only keeps the kava plant hydrated from direct sunlight but the water taro itself also helps act as an anti Die Back Disease defendant. Given that, Max wish to encourage and maintain the traditional agricultural planting techniques and cultural control of kava viruses.