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Adhere To Quarantine Laws, Foreign Donors Urged

Countries willing to assist Fiji have been advised to follow quarantine laws before sending food rations to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston. The advice surfaced after the Tongan government
03 Mar 2016 13:40
Adhere To Quarantine Laws, Foreign Donors Urged
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Countries willing to assist Fiji have been advised to follow quarantine laws before sending food rations to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The advice surfaced after the Tongan government had wished to send a barge loaded with yams, taro and sweet potatoes bound for Vanuabalavu.

National Disaster Management Office director Akapusi Tuifagalele said they had requested the Tongan government on their second rounds of assistance to send dried food rations.

“They wanted to send a barge over to Vanuabalavu carrying natural food produces like yams and other root crops as food rations for those affected in the cyclone,” he said.

“However they have been requested to bring dry rations like bottled water, tents and tarpaulins simply because of our biosecurity issues. I told them specifically not to bring them so they brought rice, flour and other essential basic needs,” he said.

Mr Tuifagalele said exotic species brought into the country from outside could affect Fiji’s local produce and local consumption.

“This will also have a great impact on export; for example if one of the diseases from overseas is brought into Fiji; it can affect our agricultural produces like cassava or dalo which will affect  our imports and exports; also consumption level in Fiji,” he said.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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