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NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, June 27) - The SPC office in Suva with the ministry of Agriculture have given out a warning in case the dangerous imported fire ant arrives in the Kingdom.

[PIR editor’s note: According to their website, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community was established in 1947 to provide assistance, training, and research to its member countries. The SPC’s philosophy is ‘to make a positive impact on the well-being of the people in [its] member countries and territories’.]

An officer from the ministry of Agriculture, Ma'afu Manisela told radio and television Tonga news this morning that the fire ants are now spreading throughout the Pacific and they are more dangerous and aggressive than native ant species.

Their sting causes swelling and pimples and even hospitalisation.

Mr.Manisela says although these type of fire ants hasn't arrived in the kingdom but they have given out warning to the public especially travellers to be aware of this pest and protect our country.

These dangerous imported fire ant are about three to five millimeters length and they can build up mounds as big as the yam and sweet potato mounds.

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