“A CAMPAIGN to control the deadly Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) that is threatening the country’s coconut industry and other palms in Honiara is back.
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) through its Biosecurity division is conducting the clean-up operation, a statement from the MAL Media Unit said yesterday.
“Work was briefly stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic recently but once more resumed last week, the statement added.
“The clean-up exercise will see MAL Biosecurity officers visited infected sites in the coming days and weeks to cut down dead coconut trees, chopped trunks into smaller sizes and transported to disposal sites for burning,” the statement said.
“MAL Permanent Secretary Ethel Tebengi Frances said that besides the ongoing SIG funded work on the CRB, MAL was able to secure an NZ 1 million funding support from the New Zealand government in 2018.”
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