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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 2) – Marijuana growers in Fiji have attracted foreign as well as local buyers, according to Immigration Director Eroni Luveniyali.

"These are people who come in and influence the locals, introducing many to illegal activities," Luveniyali said.

He urged villagers involved in the marijuana cultivation to find alternative avenues for income generation.

"It is not good money because it will only take people to prison who will be driven away from their families," Luveniyali said. "The Government needs their help in fighting this problem. They should also invite the immigration department to their villages to talk over problems they face."

Luveniyali said the immigration department had a hard time tracking those involved in the illegal activity.

"It is not an easy job and we cannot do it alone," he said. "The churches, media, police department and civil societies need to work with the immigration department to fight the problem of illegal activities in our country.

February 3, 2005

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