Aims to im­prove goat and sheep farm­ing

Fiji Sun - - Business - LI­TIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI EDITED BY: RACHNA LAL

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

Photo: LI­TIA TIKO­MAILEPANONI

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.

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