BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
WESTERN province Gizo Bio-security Division has stepped up the fight to stop the spread of the coconut rhinoceros beetle in the province.
This comes after the Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock spotted few sites within Gizo town last month.
Mr Ataban Zama said the Bio-Security Division have tried to quickly address the spreading of the beetle.
“Most farmers are worried over their coconut plantains and copra production will drop as the deadly Rhinoceros beetle found its way in Gizo.
“We are currently monitoring the situation and we encourage the general public to look after all our traps that we locate within Gizo.
“I would like to call on those of you spot any symptoms or signs of Coconut must quickly come forward to our office or contact any officers so that we can quickly monitor the situation.”
The Division strongly warns passenger ships, landing crafts and foreign vessels to be closely monitored.