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Company Helps Dairy Farmers

The Punjas Group of Companies says it will continue to support the Fiji Co-operative Diary Company Limited in times of natural disasters like floods. Early this month the Group provided
29 Dec 2014 10:45
Company Helps  Dairy Farmers
Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company limited (FCDCL) chief executive officer Sachida Nand (left) with Punjas managing director Nitin Punja during the press conference in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Punjas Group of Companies says it will continue to support the Fiji Co-operative Diary Company Limited in times of natural disasters like floods.

Early this month the Group provided 1000 bags of mill mix valued at $10,000 to be shared by flood-affected dairy farms.

Punjas managing director Nitin Punja said the assistance to FCDCL is part of Punjas philosophy of giving back to the community in times of need.

The Group has been assisting FCDCL for the last three years.

Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited chief executive officer Sachida Nand said the flash-flooding caused losses in livestock and damaged grazing pastures, which has affected milk production.

“The millmix will be used by FCDCL to provide free formulated dairy feed to more than 45 farms for two weeks until the grass re-germinate or improves,” Mr Nand said.

“This is to provide the animals with the right feed for the milk production and this will be at a cost of approximately $50,000 which has ten ingredients, and the core is mill-mix which forms 30-40 per cent.

“We contacted Punjas and they did not have second thoughts. If the feed was not provided we might have a drop of 6-7 per cent in milk production in a month or so.”

The affected areas, which are in Tailevu include Nabilo, Dibota, Viria and Muaniweni.

These areas were severely affected during flash flooding early this month.

He said the total amount of animals affected is about 600 to 800.

Mr Nand said the affected farmers will use their money to invest in their fencing.

 

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