Termites threat

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has received 10 complaints of termite infestation in the North this year.

As a result, a team of officials from Labasa and Savusavu is conducting a normal routine survey of the Asian Subterranean termite-infested or hot spot areas in Vunivau, Boca and Basoga in the Northern town.

BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said following the survey, the team would treat the infested houses and plants.

“The team is expected to be in Labasa until this week,” he said.

“This year, the BAF office in Labasa has received 10 new complaints. The complaints are all from the Basoga area which is already heavily-infested with Asian Subterranean termites.

“All these complaints have been attended to by the biosecurity officers in the North and all treatments are free of cost.”

Mr Khan said the survey was part of the termite eradication program initiated earlier.

“This is part of the continuing efforts by BAF to contain and control spread of the Asian Subterranean termites in Labasa. This effort has been going on since 2011 and there is strong support from the government.”