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Measures Taken To Contain Termites

Labasa and Lautoka have been declared emergency areas for Asian Subterranean Ter­mites (AST). Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) said termites have been found in Labasa for some time now and
14 Jul 2018 11:00
Measures Taken To Contain Termites
Asian Subterranean Termites

Labasa and Lautoka have been declared emergency areas for Asian Subterranean Ter­mites (AST).

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) said termites have been found in Labasa for some time now and it was not a recent outbreak.

The authority is taking proactive measures to control and contain the spread of termites.

“We have been involved over the past few years in a termite contain­ment programme in Labasa,” BAF said in a statement.

“The project involves inspection and treatment of the sites infested by termites and further monitors infestation after treatment.

“The BAF is conducting treatment of infested sites (houses, dwellings, trees and many more), which have been reported through complaints registered at our Labasa office.”

BAF, under section 77(1) of the Biosecurity promulgation 2008, has declared the areas of Lautoka district in Ba province and Labasa district in Macuata province as Biosecurity Emergency Areas for termites. BAF further states that restrictions have been placed on movement of termites host ma­terials to contain and control the spread of the pest to areas not in­fested.

Biosecurity officers are actively monitoring movement of all ter­mite host materials into, within and out of the Biosecurity emer­gency declared zones.

Sugar cane movement from ter­mite infested areas also require adherence to BAF standard move­ment protocols.

The BAF is calling on sugar cane farmers to contact their respective offices for advice on the movement of sugar cane from infested areas.

Edited by Percy Kean

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