TRANSPORTATION OF FOOD FROM SOLOMONS TO BOUGAINVILLE DANGEROUS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 26, 2001 - NAUFM/PINA Nius Online)---Bougainville needs to be made aware of the dangers posed by allowing the transportation of live and processed food from the Solomon Islands, an expert said.

A plant specialist with the National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority, Elijah Philemon, said education is vital because the island has lacked quarantine inspectors ever since the secessionist crisis ended.

Prior inspections were conducted by Australia when deliveries where supplied to military personnel on the island.

Elijah said the recent transportation of livestock from the Solomons was worrying and an urgent meeting will have to be held with the chiefs to highlight the dangers.

The people of Bougainville and the Solomon Islands have traditional ties and there are regular crossings of the sea border dividing nearby islands.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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