Aims to improve goat and sheep farming
Efforts are being undertaken to improve our livestock sector especially the goat and sheep farming with the overall aim at reducing the current import bill. Government this week launched the Fiji Sheep and Goat Development Project at the Agriculture Research Station in Nawaicoba, Nadi. In addition to improving our livestock sector, the project also aims to provide Fijians and youth a means of employment.
The project is a result of a series of reviewing the National Livestock programme with the assistance of consultants Farmworld International of Australia.
The project will see the introduction of some new breeds
of goat and sheep from Australia with the aim of increasing their population in the short to medium term.
Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, said their efforts to achieve upward growth in the two commodities would be impossible without the importation of new goats and sheep breeds from countries that have them.” Mr Seruiratu outlined the Government, since 2011, has contributed an estimated $1.68 million towards Sheep and Goat breeding programmes.
“Stakeholders take this project as a serious yet noble gesture by government improving not only production, but most importantly improving the livelihoods of our usually rural-based livestock farming families,” he said.
“Fixing agriculture production is directly linked to addressing rural poverty in Fiji.” Mr Seruiratu also thanked Farmworld International managing director, Graham Reimers. The imported list includes:
• 28 Boer Goat Bucks
• 36 Boer Goat Does
• 5 Boer x Toggenburg Bucks
• 3 Boer x Toggenburg Does
• 3 Toggenburg Bucks
• 32 White Dorper Rams
• 3 Australian White Rams
• 42 White Dorper Ewes
From Left: Minister for Local Government,Housing and Environment,Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar,Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Mereseini Vuniwaqa,Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and NDMO,Inia Seruiratu at the official launch of Fiji National Goat and Sheep development project at Nawaicoba Research station in Nadi.