Kiribati. On a visit to Fiji, Kiribati President Taneti
Maamau said that the cultivation on the land that the
previous administration bought in 2014 on the Fijian island
of Vanua Levu would soon begin. According to
Countryaah.com, Maamau visited the nearby
village of Naviavia, where he assured residents that the
project would be rewarding for them as well as for Kiribati.
The more than 2,200 acres of property was purchased for just
under US $ 9 million and was intended to be used for the
cultivation of forage crops such as vegetables and kava,
which is used to produce the slightly stimulating beverage
of the same name.
In February, the Kiribati government rejected an offer
from the Russian businessman and politician Anton Bakov, who
wanted to lease three uninhabited islands to try to revive
an imperial empire under Romanov. Bakov had claimed on
social media that Kiribati President Taneti Maamau was
positive about the plans, which meant that Bakov would
invest the equivalent of US $ 350 million over a number of
years. In December, Bakov said he had instead concluded an
agreement with the Gambia government.