Biosecurity Authority uplifts temporary ban

By: Halitesh Datt

 

okra-exportThe Biosecurity of Authority has lifted the temporary suspension placed on okra, long bean and amaranthus that were exported to New Zealand from farms in Sigatoka.

These commodities from certain farms were banned by the Authority after Thrips Palmi were found in the consignment.

The suspension was lifted after a field survey was conducted by the officials of Agriculture Ministry in August.

Chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan says Authority and the Agriculture Ministry are working together to enhance farm husbandry practices and pest management strategies to ensure Fiji export path to New Zealand is maintained.

Khan says the temporary suspension was a precautionary measure to sustain our export pathway.

The Authority will continue to monitor field hygiene and pest load in the fields.

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