16 Nov 2018

Solomons premier backs plan to curb illicit homebrew

11:39 am on 16 November 2018

A Solomon Islands Premier has thrown his support behind a plan to reduce harmful homebrew consumption in the country.

Solomon Islands police with seized kwaso.

Solomon Islands police with seized kwaso. Photo: Supplied/ RSIPF Media Unit

Police said that homebrew, commonly known as kwaso, is significantly stronger and cheaper than store-bought liquor, and is a serious national issue.

The Premier of Malaita Province, Peter Chanel Ramohia, said his government will work with police to control the availability of kwaso.

Police said its Kwaso Action Plan aims to tackle production, distribution and consumption of the substance.

It is working with church leaders, youth and women's groups, and conducting awareness programs to help communities understand the impact of kwaso.

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