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First Slaughterhouse In The North Being Planned

First Slaughterhouse In The North Being Planned
April 30
11:15 2018

The Northern division will soon have their first slaughter house if every­thing goes as planned.

This was confirmed by Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Con­sultant, Graham Reimers.

Mr Reimers said to make this possible the Government and farmers needed to work together.

“We will have to form a farmer’s cooperative in order to build a new slaughterhouse specifically dedicated to sheep and goat pro­duction.

And that will happen some­where in the North that is quite central,” Mr Reimers said.

“The slaughterhouse that is to be built will be used for process­ing and selling meats to the su­permarket and to resorts and for that we need a farmer’s coopera­tive.

“So we are going to form a farm­er’s cooperative which will be responsible for the marketing of the meat and the distribution”“It is good that the Government is in­vesting in this field because from all the livestock commodities in Fiji, sheep and goat offer the great potential for growth.

“There are so much imported sheep and goat meats that come into the country so the Govern­ment would like to see that re­duced and substantial increase in local production.”

Mr Reimers added: “The Minis­try is very keen to see locally pro­duced with high quality sheep and goat meat in the Supermarkets and restaurants soon.”Officer in Charge, Animal Health produc­tion division Avinesh Dayal said they need to consider the whole process when it comes to cattle farming.“The Government and Ministry of Agriculture has got huge plans for sheep and goats in Fiji because we believe that there is huge opportunities in these areas in terms of income,” Mr Dayal said.“Slaughter- house would be part of the plan because if we produce a product and if we don’t have a market then that is something to think about.

“Slaughterhouse is one impor­tant facility that will help to do that.

Animals when brought from the farmer needed to be slaughtered in a hygienic way.”

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