4 Jun 2013

Drama group to spread awareness about Solomons pest

9:33 pm on 4 June 2013

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Solomon Islands has enlisted the help of a drama group to help spread the message about the crop-eating Giant African Snail.

It's one of the methods being used as part of a mass media campaign to increase awareness about the snail that was first sighted in Solomon Islands in 2006.

The awareness officer for Quarantine Services Jean Eroa, says the Solomon Islands Development Trust drama group will visit communities, promote awareness, and pass on knowledge on how to deal with the pest, which affects plants and crops.

"It's like around about 500 varieties of different plants that the snail can damage and mostly the crops. It's already spread over Honiara and outside places around Honiara and our target at the moment now is not to spread to the other provinces."

Jean Eroa says it's believed the snail came to Solomon Islands by way of dirty machinery unloaded from ships.