Big Opportunities In Fijian Dairy Industry: NZ Foreign Minister
There are big opportunities in Fiji’s dairy industry, says New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully.
Mr McCully visited the Koronivia Research Station near Nausori yesterday before departing the country.
The New Zealand Government has committed $10 million for the Fiji Dairy Industry Development Initiative programme that started mid- past year.
The program will include the construction of a new dairy structure with the latest design and the recruitment of veterinarians from New Zealand.
“I think you’ve got huge opportunities here. In countries like this that is importing 85 per cent of its dairy products and you’ve got the natural assets, you’ve got people who work hard,” Mr McCully said.
“You have a very viable and significant dairy industry here in Fiji. It has big opportunities and I think it is only right to look to a neighbor like New Zealand which has a strong dairy industry to make sure that we contribute skills that we have to offer.”
In 2011, the dairy farm in Koronivia brought in 340 cattles from New Zealand.
“New Zealand genetics have already played a part here, veterinary science from NZ will play a part in the project as well,” he said.
“Virtually every element of what we have to offer is going to be incorporated into this and I’m hoping that we can add to that the work experience in New Zealand as well. I’m very excited about the opportunities here.”
edited by: aatika patel