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Fijian Delegation Visit Tech Advanced Farms In Israel

Fijian Delegation Visit Tech Advanced Farms In Israel
From left: MOA Senior Economist Osea Ratuyawa, Minister Seruiratu, Fiji’s Amabasador to Ethopia Mosese Tikoitoga, PS MOA, David Kolitagane and Director Research Dr. Apaitia Macanawai.
May 18
11:00 2018

A Fijian Government delegation led by the Minister for Agricul­ture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Dis­aster Management and Me­teorological Services Inia Seruiratu visited a Dairy Co-operative and Green Or­ganic farm during the 20th Agricultural Technology (Agritech) Exhibition and Conference in Israel last week.

Mr Seruiratu, who was accompanied by Fiji’s Am­bassador to Ethiopia Mo­sese Tikoitoga, Permanent Secretary for Agriculture David Kolitagane, Direc­tor Research Dr Apaitia Macanawai and Senior Economist of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Osea Ratuyawa, at the Dairy Co­operative, saw first-hand the technological advancements used by the farm to ensure efficiency, minimal wastage and peak production.

The visiting delegation was briefed on various aspects of the farm which included animal feeds, breeds and breeding, calving, milking, animal husbandry, animal waste, infrastructure and the importance of mainte­nance.

In terms of feeds, partici­pants saw first-hand how locally produced crops like hay, food waste, corn and other crops were used to for­mulate good quality feed for different nutrient require­ments for dairy cows and calves.

They also learned how farmers made use of read­ily available energy sources like solar energy and biogas to supply their electricity needs.

This was also seen as a source of income for farm­ers by selling surplus ener­gy or electricity to the main power authority.

Participants further learned how waste was recy­cled for irrigation, manure and landfill.

The team also visited an organic farm called Green Organic which specialised in growing organic mixed vegetables, organic fruits, organic aquaculture, organ­ic goat milk, organic poultry and eggs.

Mr Seruiratu said Fiji needed to learn from these types of best practices and that these would be pursued through the proposed pro­gramme currently arranged under the Agro-Studies Pro­gramme and the Memoran­dum of Understanding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency for International Development Co-operation (MASHAV) already signed with Israel.

Source: DEPTFO News

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