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New deal to control termites

Shayal Devi
Monday, July 14, 2014

A NEW memorandum of understanding between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji will help control the movement of termite-infested materials to non-infected areas.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said other stakeholders, including the Land Transport Authority, could also assist in controlling the movement of wood, wooden materials and soil from infested areas to non-infested areas such as Ba and Nadi.

"With the government's help, BAF is working hard to control and contain the Asian subterranean termites and an integrated approach with our stakeholders will further strengthen our efforts in this area," Mr Khan said.

He said the Asian subterranean termite, commonly referred to as AST, was the main species infesting homes.

"The maritime officers could greatly help Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to control the movement of wood and wooden materials to outer islands from Lautoka wharf.

"We seek their assistance to control and contain the pest from spreading to other parts of Fiji."

Mr Khan also called for support from members of the public in ensuring their surroundings were clean.

"We also need assistance from other agencies like the Lautoka City Council to help BAF create awareness among residents in Lautoka on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the compound."

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