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Seruiratu: Ministry Committed To Development Of Dairy Industry

Seruiratu: Ministry Committed To Development Of Dairy Industry
Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu.
July 27
12:23 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture is initiating plans and programmes to effectively develop and enhance the dairy industry to meet the rising demands of the livestock sector in spite of the threat posed by diseases.

While meeting with representatives from the Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited (FCDCL), dairy industry consultants – Prime Fiji, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and dairy farmers recently, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu highlighted the Ministry’s intent and continued commitment on improving the livestock sector and dairy industry as a whole.

“Strategic plans are being revised by the Ministry because it is Government’s intention to improve the dairy industry as a whole and this will see the improvement in service delivery being addressed as well through the increased budget and resources in the Ministry of Agriculture,” Mr Seruiratu said.

Mr Seruiratu reiterated Government’s stance in addressing the main diseases affecting the dairy industry, as the re-emergence of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis had contributed to the increased import bill on dairy products.

“The Ministry of Agriculture is seriously considering more improvement plans to better control the two diseases because it is important to establish tuberculosis and brucellosis clear farms to ensure the continuity of milk production,” he said.

“Accordingly, the budgetary allocation for livestock disease control has been increased this year to ensure food security is not affected in the long-term.”

Mr Seruiratu also highlighted the Ministry’s progressive efforts on Embryo Transfer technology which would be introduced for superior genetics in dairy farms for increased production, a point received with positive response from farmers who indicated their willingness to use cows for the development.

During the consultative meeting, a list of improvement plans and options on securing disease free farms while supporting the dairy industry for increased local milk production were presented to stakeholders and farmers for consideration and feedback with its finalisation to be held at a later consultation.

FCDCL chief executive offficer, Sachida Nand acknowledged the meeting and highlighted the importance of a timely approach to achieve the project’s concept and called for all stakeholders to work together in eradicating tuberculosis and brucellosis for the dairy industry.

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