THE buai (betel nut) ban in Port Moresby has not reduced supply into the city. The quantity of buai in Port Moresby is about the same but prices have sky-rocketed.
This has put millions of kina into the hands of a few organised cartels, or should I say well-to-do law breakers.
Let me give you the details.
The typical Engan or Tari or anybody else from the Highlands who sold buai at small tables in Port Moresby’s simmering heat prior to the ban did not have vehicles or the necessary networks to bring bulk buai into Port Moresby, 10 or 20 bags at a time.