MEMBERS of the Bua Provincial Council are concerned about the absence of a Customs office within the port of entry at Nabouwalu.
Speaking at the council meeting this week, Tui Vuya Ratu Amenatave Rabona, said they were tired of hearing Customs officials speak of the need for the people of Bua to be vigilant about the transportation of soil and crop samples from Viti Levu to the province.
Ratu Amena said they were well aware of the adverse impacts such actions could have on the province's agricultural sector.
He said they were also aware of the Customs Department and the Ministry of Agriculture's intention of stopping the dalo beetle from entering Bua.
Ratu Amena said a Customs office was needed in Nabouwalu to monitor the situation.
Responding to the concerns raised, the Customs Department representative at the meeting said they would look into the matter.
Council chairman Alipate Radrodro said they would write to the Customs Department for assistance and action on the matter.