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$230k Is Value Of Sheep Consignment

130 sheep were boarded on the MV Forum Samoa III on Saturday night bound for Samoa making it the first majority of consignment from a privately-owned farm. 120 sheep were
13 Oct 2014 09:23
$230k Is Value Of Sheep Consignment

130 sheep were boarded on the MV Forum Samoa III on Saturday night bound for Samoa making it the first majority of consignment from a privately-owned farm.

120 sheep were from Tiko Eastgate Farm in Naitisiri, while 10 male sheep have been sourced from the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Health & Production Department’s stock.

Animal Health & Production director, Tomasi Tunabuna said while Government had recently exported sheep to Samoa and Tonga, this was a milestone achievement for the private sector.

The export was enabled through Government’s assistance as it would have been too costly otherwise for the private farm to export alone.

“This includes export to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and even Papua New Guinea. Fiji is looking at some programmes that can best address the need … that is available to our Fijian farmers,” Mr Tunabuna said.

The ministry has been working on a number of breeder multiplication farms with Tiko Eastgate Farm being in the Central Division.

“Government had assisted in setting up the farm and we had sourced some of the animals that are now being exported to Samoa from Tiko Eastgate, especially the breeding female.“The cost of export required a lot of work was paid for by the Government initially in the establishment of multiplication farms.

“We managed to rake in more than $230,000 worth of export but this is a very small consignment when we look at the demand for livestock farmers.”

Currently, the ministry in partnership with a number of other sheep farmers and is working hand in hand to meet the supply locally through earnings from export.

“We have a lucrative market in live animal export and we are expected to use the income that is derived from the export of livestock market for developing the industry. That’s going to assist the Government to fulfill the demand that we have locally for our consumers.”

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