A push to allow Australians to buy kava from Vanuatu has received official support from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

He announced a trial to allow more importation of the bitter drink, which has mild sedative and euphoric properties.

Mr Morrison agreed to the proposal after a meeting with Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai in Port Vila on Wednesday.

“We have agreed that we will be working to put a pilot program together to ease some of the limitations on importation of kava into Australia,” Mr Morrison said after the meeting.

“That is for personal use, I should stress.”

Mr Morrison said kava had a large market around the world and Australia was helping Vanuatu to open up new markets for the product.

AAP

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