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New Chilling Station To Boost Dairy Production

The dairy industry in Fiji has achieved another milestone with the opening the Waidalice Chilling Centre Farmers’ Cooperative Warehouse in Korovou. The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime and National
04 Nov 2015 12:21
New Chilling Station To Boost Dairy Production
Waidalice Farmers Cooperative members with the Minister for Agriculture ...

The dairy industry in Fiji has achieved another milestone with the opening the Waidalice Chilling Centre Farmers’ Cooperative Warehouse in Korovou.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime and National Disaster Managemen Inia Seruiratu opened the facility.

Mr Seruiratu thanked the stakeholders and the public for the contribution and commitment shown towards the acquisition of this new facility.

He said the decision by the Waidalice Chilling Centre Farmers’ Cooperative to acquire this warehouse was a significant milestone in the development of Fiji’s dairy industry and agriculture sector.

“Fiji currently imports approximately $70million worth of dairy products annually and this is one of the major components of the agriculture sector,” he said.

Mr Seruiratu said the Fijian Government’s agriculture programme includes revamping the nation’s dairy industry.

This is through improving national milk production and focus on increasing production in the formal market from 10 million to 15 million litres of milk annually.

He said the opening of the facility would provide access to quality feeds to dairy farmers in Waidalice at a much-reduced cost.

He added the use of feeds would boost milk production and improve the quality of milk and fetch better prices for farmers.

“Milk production at Waidalice Chilling Centre as at September 30 was 1.2 million litres out of which 70,000 litres of milk was rejected as it did not meet the quality requirements,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“On average, approximately 4400 litres of milk is supplied to the chilling centre on a daily basis however six per cent of this goes to waste.”

 

Further expansion

Mr Seruiratu said the Waidalice Chilling Centre Farmers’ Cooperative is intending to further expand their business with the acquisition of this warehouse.

He said they would be venturing into the processing of ghee from the milk that is rejected to avoid further wastage and loss that is incurred by local farmers.

He said that the opening of this new facility supports ambitious plans for growth and the expansion of the future of Fiji’s dairy industry.

“It is the Ministry’s wish, so as the Government’s, to explore options to better partnership and collaboration with our farmers and the Agri-business community in the Agriculture sector,” he said.

“The current strategy of the Government is designed to see the sector expand and flourish.”

Source: DEPTFO NEWS

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