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BAF seeks funding from State

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, October 06, 2012

THE Biosecurity Authority has made a submission to the government seeking additional funds for Operation Kadivuka.

CEO Elvis Silvestrini confirmed the third phase of Operation Kadivuka would be implemented soon.

This, he said, would involve a subsidised rehabilitation program for homes infested by the Asian Subterranean Termites (AST).

"In the meantime, BAF will contribute to the control of termites through monitoring and surveillance of affected areas and awareness and training for communities on preventative measures to protect their homes from termite infestation together with advice," said Mr Silvestrini.

"BAF will continue to assist the public with available resources, however, communities in affected areas of Lautoka and Labasa need to be vigilant and take more proactive steps to prevent their homes and properties from termites.

"As we've said previously, however, Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) are here to stay along with eight other species of termites we have in Fiji.

"It's been established for over 15 years in Fiji and it is now a question of containment not eradication of these termites."

Mr Silvestrini acknowledged the support and assistance provided by the government for Operation Kadivuka, adding that without this assistance rehabilitation of schools and homes would not been possible

"The second phase of Operation Kadivuka which involved rehabilitation of houses and schools damaged through termite infestation progressed well," he said.