TERMITES CHEWING UP THOUSANDS OF FIJI HOMES

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New shipment of insecticide welcomed

By Ravai Vafo’ou SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 1, 2011) – In Fiji, the second shipment of Termidor chemicals has arrived to control the invasive Asian Subterranean termite species currently plaguing the country.

This was confirmed by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) official Ilaitia Boa at today’s BAF conference in Raiwaqa saying the chemicals had arrived last week.

"We received the shipment last week and sent it to Lautoka for containment and control work there.

"The chemicals should last us a few months," said Boa.

The chemicals costing government FJ$1.1 million [US$599,000], come in two forms – a liquid that kills termites instantly, while the powder form has a more delayed reaction, in which the termite carries the chemical to the nest thus destroying the nest as well.

With regards to the termite infection plaguing the country current status to date detail that 11, 750 houses have been surveyed with 1, 100 infested and two having been repaired.

Newly appointed BAF chief executive officer, Elvis Silvestrini has hailed operation Kadivuka and successful strategies that were being followed to eradicate termites.

He said the operation is spread out into three phases.

"So there are a number of strategies that we have in place and if we look at operation Kadivuka in terms of phase one of the strategy and in terms of identification, eradication and where possible containment it has been very successful.

"It has been limited to a certain geographical area with the assistance of the disciplined forces operating under extraordinary circumstances and conditions and thanks to them that phase has been successful.

"Second phase that we are in now is one of rehabilitation – of schools and homes.

"Phase three is an ongoing process and that is where we need the assistance of ministries to assist us in being able to do this. So it’s one of continual monitoring, containment and treatment," Silvestrini said.

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