IN A BID TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PEO­PLE LIV­ING WITH SPINAL IN­JURIES, THE VITI SPINAL IN­JURIES AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF FIJI (VSIAF) WILL HOST ITS AN­NUAL OLD SKOOL BALL NEXT FRI­DAY.

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Selita Bolanavanua

The money raised will be used to im­prove homes for spinal in­jury pa­tients for greater com­fort and ease of ac­cess.

Labasa and Lautoka have been de­clared emer­gency ar­eas for Asian Subter­ranean Ter­mites (AST).

Biose­cu­rity Au­thor­ity of Fiji (BAF) said ter­mites have been found in Labasa for some time now and it was not a re­cent out­break.

The au­thor­ity is tak­ing proac­tive mea­sures to con­trol and con­tain the spread of ter­mites. “We have been in­volved over the past few years in a ter­mite con­tain­ment pro­gramme in Labasa,” BAF said in a state­ment.

“The project in­volves in­spec­tion and treat­ment of the sites in­fested by ter­mites and fur­ther mon­i­tors in­fes­ta­tion af­ter treat­ment. “The BAF is con­duct­ing treat­ment of in­fested sites (houses, dwellings, trees and many more), which have been re­ported through com­plaints reg­is­tered at our Labasa of­fice.”

BAF, un­der sec­tion 77(1) of the Biose­cu­rity pro­mul­ga­tion 2008, has de­clared the ar­eas of Lautoka district in Ba prov­ince and Labasa district in Macu­ata prov­ince as Biose­cu­rity Emer­gency Ar­eas for ter­mites. BAF fur­ther states that re­stric­tions have been placed on move­ment of ter­mites host ma­te­ri­als to con­tain and con­trol the spread of the pest to ar­eas not in­fested.

Biose­cu­rity of­fi­cers are ac­tively mon­i­tor­ing move­ment of all ter­mite host ma­te­ri­als into, within and out of the Biose­cu­rity emer­gency de­clared zones.

Sugar cane move­ment from ter­mite in­fested ar­eas also re­quire ad­her­ence to BAF stan­dard move­ment pro­to­cols.

The BAF is call­ing on sugar cane farm­ers to con­tact their re­spec­tive of­fices for ad­vice on the move­ment of sugar cane from in­fested ar­eas.

Asian Subter­ranean Ter­mites

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