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Dairy farmers welcome State help

December 31
12:00 2009

Written By : LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO . A group of dairy farmers from Tailevu believe that they would benefit from Government’s decision to replace cattles which were killed because of brucellosis.
Tailevu Dairy Cooperative Association Chairman, Josefa Seruilagilagi, said Government’s decision was better than giving money to farmers for compensation.
Government has ruled that farmers who lost their livestock because of the disease would be compensated through cattle breeds imported from New Zealand.
“We are happy about the decision because it comes as good news to us.
“Getting breeds from overseas is better than giving us money for compensation. It has been proven that overseas breeds are good so it is an advantage to us,” he said.
It is believed that Government’s initiative of replacing cattle would introduce a new breed to the country that could also result in cross-breeding with breeds already in Fiji.
The brucellosis outbreak in June mostly affected Tailevu areas killing close to 300 cattles.
The disease also affected the supply of milk to Rewa Dairy Cooperative; Fiji’s leading dairy product manufacturer.

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