7 Dec 2016

Black twig borer causing havoc in Cook Islands

From , 6:02 am on 7 December 2016

The Cook Islands Minister of Agriculture wants immediate action to curb the impact of invasive species.

This comes after imported avocado trees are believed to be the source of the destructive black twig borer now present in the country.

Minister Kiriau Turepu told Don Wiseman he has only been aware of the impact of the invasive species within the past two weeks.

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Eggs of the destructive black twig borer are thought to have been brought in on avocado trees imported from New Zealand and Australia. Photo: 123rf