Buai or betelnut is a narcotic and when it is chewed with “Daka” or mustard mixed with “kambang” or lime which is burnt from coral or sea or water shells, it puts the chewer on a “high”.
NCD BuaI Ban Director Paul Komboi made the announcement earlier this week when speaking to PNG Loop about steps taken with the issue of passengers smuggling in buai and daka into the capital city.
Komboi says that the Buai Ban in the city has seen many vendors and wholesalers of the substance devise other ways and means to transport in the illegal contraband.
He says that in the past month alone, there haves been more than 200 Daka or mustard bags taken in from airports alone, more than what is taken from the streets.
One 10kg bag retails at between K1000 to K2500 depending on how the daka or mustard is broken then sold, this is a lucrative market that many people are now going into.
Komboi says that while they understand and sympathise with people trying to make a living, these vendors should look at other less illegal means to go about making a living.
He says that buai or betelnut sales is not the only produce that can be sold to make money.