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Exotic weed spreads its tentacles in Waipa waterways

A blackmarket trade in a Brazilian aquatic weed is threatening to choke waterways in the Waipa District that could flood land and create a hazard where people and livestock could drown. Salvinia (kariba weed) was introduced to New Zealand nearly a century ago for fishponds and is now found in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. A Waipa District Council worker discovered a small amount of the invasive plant in a stormwater pond near Te Awamutu last month but failed to recognise the species and when he returned six weeks later, he found the pond choked by the plant. “In six weeks it had gone from pretty much nothing to the entire 50 metres by 20 metres pond,” Waikato Regional Council biosecurity officer Darion Embling said. READ MORE
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Ms Ayittey commissions two weeds harvesters and transport barges at Kpong

Two weed harvesters and two transport barges for harvesting water weeds were on Wednesday commissioned at Kpong in the Eastern Region to assist in reducing the spread of invasive water plants.

The commissioning formed part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s initiative dubbed “Ghana Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds Project” which is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

It aims at controlling water weeds which include hyacinth, water lettuce and Kariba weeds in Tano and Volta rivers.
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