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Operation Kadivuka 3 for termites eradication

By TALEBULA KATE The Biosecurity Authority Fiji (BAF) is working on implementing the third phase of ‘Operation Kadivuka’ which involves a subsidised rehabilitation programme for homes infested by the Asian
05 Oct 2012 13:29

By TALEBULA KATE

The Biosecurity Authority Fiji (BAF) is working on implementing the third phase of ‘Operation Kadivuka’ which involves a subsidised rehabilitation programme for homes infested by the Asian subterranean termites (AST).
The authority’s chief executive officer Elvis Silvestrini said they have made a submission to the Government for additional funds for the operation and is awaiting response on this.
Mr Silvestrini said in the meantime BAF would contribute to the control of termites through monitoring and surveillance of affected areas. Coupled with that would be awareness exercises and training for communities on preventive measures to protect their homes from termite infestation, together with providing advice.
“BAF will continue to assist the public with our available resources, however communities in affected areas of Lautoka and Labasa also need to be vigilant and take more proactive steps to prevent their homes and properties from termites,” he said.
“As we’ve said previously however, the termite (AST) is here to stay along with eight other species of termites we have in Fiji. It’s been established for over 15 years in Fiji and it is now a question of containment not eradication of these termites.”
He acknowledged the support and assistance provided by the Government for Operation Kadivuka adding that without this assistance rehabilitation of the schools and homes would not have been possible. The second phase of the operation, which involved rehabilitation of houses and schools damaged through termite infestation, had progressed well.
“During this phase BAF teams rehabilitated 20 infested schools and 865 homes spending almost $1.3 million on the operation. This in itself was an extraordinary feat. We also completed the survey of termite infested areas in Labasa. In addition, we have continued with our awareness and training programmes for the communities on preventive measures for termite infestation.”
Operation Kadivuka was launched in 2010 to contain and control AST infestation.
Mr Silvestrini said people can protect their homes from termites by:

•    Using properly treated timbers;
•    Not removing and transporting any wooden materials, plants, furniture, personal belongings and soil from termite infested areas to non-infested areas;
•    Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness around the compounds and inside the houses;
•    Opening windows and curtains in the day to allow light and fresh air into the house;
•    Inspecting homes, trees and compounds thoroughly;
•    Reporting any signs of termite activity or infestation to the nearest BAF office.




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