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Go Organic, Says Lawyer Rayawa

  A lawyer has asked if Fiji can become fully organic to avoid pesticides and weedicides. Aca Rayawa said chemicals were a threat to our health. He related an experience
13 Dec 2015 19:20
Go Organic, Says Lawyer Rayawa

 

A lawyer has asked if Fiji can become fully organic to avoid pesticides and weedicides.

Aca Rayawa said chemicals were a threat to our health.

He related an experience where a relative died and traces of chemicals were found in his system. He said this was a major concern.

Xavier Riyaz Khan, executive chairman of Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, said there needed to be education and enough resources to do it.

He said it would take time and consultations with all stakeholders.

They were speaking at the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola, on the topic ‘Reptiles, Insects and Zoonosis’.

The question was also asked about the protection of the honey industry, whether Biosecurity had the power to quarantine a bee farm infected by a disease that could decimate the industry.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said Biosecurity had the authority to destroy the farm. But there were also legal implications to report on a farm.

He said imagine iguanas in Qamea near Taveuni, seen swimming around Denarau. He said it would have a serious impact on tourism.

Lawyers were told that border security was important for his country to protect us from unwanted pests and diseases that could destroy our industries, economy and health.

Dr Visoni Timote, Chief Plant Protection Officer of BAF said other countries took border security seriously too. When our exports get stopped “Negotiations can be tedious. We have to back it up with science”.

Edited by: Naisa Koroi

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