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Termites Are A National Issue

The issue of termites in Fiji has been around for seven years now. It did not just happen this year. It is irresponsible to sensationalise this issue and it is
14 Oct 2016 11:00
Termites Are A National Issue
There are 13 different species of termites in Fiji. One of which is the Asian subterranean Termites which has the most serious damaging impacts

The issue of termites in Fiji has been around for seven years now.

It did not just happen this year. It is irresponsible to sensationalise this issue and it is wrong to insinuate that the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has not been taking steps in the past years to deal with this problem.

Media while reporting on termites should look at the issue holistically both technical aspects and non technical aspects.

Fair, accurate and balanced reporting on national issues like termites which is critical and does not cause unnecessary panic and unrest amongst the public.

Termites are a national issue. It is not new to Fiji and sadly, it is here to stay, whether we like it or not. Instead of a reactive approach, a more proactive approach is needed. People need to take charge of the situation, invest in terminate resistant building materials to begin with.

And, most importantly, know the facts about termites.

There are 13 different species of termites in Fiji. One of which is the Asian subterranean Termites which has the most serious  damaging impacts.

Seven years after the Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) infestation report, the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has worked hard to contain and control the spread of AST.

From 2014 to 2016 about 766 homes, schools and businesses have been rehabilitated and cleared of AST bringing relief to many families and children who were victims of the invasive pest.

We can help control termites by not removing termite infested materials from infested areas and being proactive and preventing properties from termites.

Rehabilitation (repairs) to damaged structures was done during Operation Kadivuka period in 2010 to 2011 which was handled by Public Works Department.

Almost all damaged timber in affected structures was replaced with treated (termite resistant) timber components during the rehab period.

Every year we are faced with issues with termites.

It is unfair to put the blame on the Authority.

Better to work with the Authority in its efforts to address the problem.

Edited by Maraia Vula

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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