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Farmers Requested To Co-operate With Cattle Testing Campaign

Farmers Requested To Co-operate With Cattle Testing Campaign
Biosecurity Authority Of Fiji
September 17
11:00 2017

 

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF)will be conducting Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) and Bovine Brucellosis testing of all cattle in Fiji under the Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign (BTEC).

This is to inform all farmers concerned, that they must cooperate and present all cattle for testing after receiving the ‘Notice of Testing for TB and/or Brucellosis’.

It is also advised that farmers must provide safe and adequate testing facilities in order to avoid accidents to the BTEC testing officers.

TB and brucellosis testing in cattle is compulsory. Failure to comply with the above is an offence.

Farmers must note that the following maybe considered an offence contrary to section 79(3) of the Biosecurity Act 2008:

n Avoidance of testing e.g.farmers that refuse to have their farms tested or do not comply with directions on testing without reasonable excuse.

n Cancellation of testing without reasonable excuse.

n Failure to present all cattle for testing without reasonable excuse.

n Failure to provide an adequate testing facility without reasonable excuse.

Farmers that do not co-operate with the BTEC testing process may face legal action, liable to penalties prescribed under the Biosecurity Act 2008.

 

 

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