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Eight Agri Reps Attend Livestock Improvement Training

In an effort to improve Fiji’s Livestock Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture has sent eight officers for Artificial Insemination (AI) training at the Livestock Improvement Cooperation in Hamilton, New Zealand.
13 Feb 2015 11:19
Eight Agri Reps Attend Livestock Improvement Training
The trainees departing for New Zealand.

In an effort to improve Fiji’s Livestock Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture has sent eight officers for Artificial Insemination (AI) training at the Livestock Improvement Cooperation in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Artificial insemination is the process of collecting sperm cells from a male animal and manually depositing them into the reproductive tract of a female.

Senior Agriculture Officer (Beef/Dairy) Ulaiasi Tadulala said the AI training will help dairy farmers to fight against Tuberculosis and Brucellosis.

“Male semen from New Zealand will be brought to Fiji with an assurance that this semen is diseased free which will greatly assist Dairy farmers,” he said.

“It will overlook the establishment of an Artificial Insemination Service for Dairy and Beef Cattle in Fiji.

“From this training, the Ministry will also be looking at expanding and improving nucleus breeding herd of New Zealand Dairy cattle at various Research stations using Artificial Insemination.

“The Western Division will be an area of interest for the Ministry to improve its Dairy production.”

Moreover, under the 2014 to 2016 Livestock Rehabilitation Programme, $1 million has been allocated to import approximately 200 live breeding cattle from New Zealand.

“In addition to this, trace back of cattle imported from New Zealand and Australia since 2012 will be conducted for diseases,” Mr Tadulala said.

The one week training which ends today includes staff of the Animal Health and Production and the Livestock Research Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 




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