Pests

Lautoka, Labasa face termite emergency

Lautoka and Labasa have today been declared Biosecurity Emergency Areas for Asian Subterranean Termites by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji. A statement sent by BAF said the two districts were declared emergency areas under Section 77 (1) of the Biosecurity Promulgation 2008.  BAF stated that they were taking proactive measures against the spread and control of […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 5, 2016 1:15 pm

Lautoka and Labasa have today been declared Biosecurity Emergency Areas for Asian Subterranean Termites by the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji.

A statement sent by BAF said the two districts were declared emergency areas under Section 77 (1) of the Biosecurity Promulgation 2008.  BAF stated that they were taking proactive measures against the spread and control of the pest in the country.

BAF: “Host material of AST include Coptotermes destroy nests, soil, potted plants, wood, logs, timber, lumber, kindling, planks, wooden building materials, wooden furniture, live plants, harvested pot plants (pine, mango, cassava, coconut tree and sugarcane), and articles made of cellulose (books, papers, clothing, textiles).”

Sugarcane movement from these two districts will also require adherence to BAF standard action protocols and farmers are advised to contact their respective offices with regards to this issue.

BAF: “All Fijians are advised to adhere to Biosecurity regulations to help control and contain the spread of AST which may have a devastating impact on Fijian agricultural sector.”

BAF has also warned against members of the public that contravene the regulations under the declaration adding that offenders will be liable to the penalties prescribed under the Biosecurity Promulgation.

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