Call to check pot plants bound for provinces

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BY ALFRED PAGEPITU

GIZO

GIZO authorities and public are calling on ship owners to make sure pot plants are quarantine checked before transported to the provinces.

This call follows several findings of the giant African snail in pot plants shipped to the province via passenger boats.

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The latest was impounded from three eskies which were brought over by the MV Fair Glory.

A concerned Mr Stanly Basi says, “It is important to raise awareness programmes for both the Western Province areas and the Westerners living in Honiara to prevent this particular pest which is already spreading in town as well as the nearby local villages of Guadalcanal.”

Giant African snail is categorised as a highly invasive and destructive species which the Western province is fighting hard to eradicate after being found in parts of the province.

Gizo bio-security warns public, business houses and logging camps within the province to quickly report any findings of the mollusc.

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