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Dairy Farmers Learn NZ Best Practices To Improve Industry

The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with Prime Consulting International Ltd organised a field day for dairy farmers at the Koronivia Research Station. During the field day, dairy farmers had
08 Jul 2017 10:00
Dairy Farmers Learn NZ Best Practices To Improve Industry

The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with Prime Consulting International Ltd organised a field day for dairy farmers at the Koronivia Research Station.

During the field day, dairy farmers had discussions on mastitis and its impact on farmers’ income, reproduction, calf rearing and pasture management to ensure high quality pasture production for cows.

The farmers also had an opportunity to see the recently renovated milking parlour.

While speaking to the farmers, Ministry of Agriculture deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta said his ministry is working closely with the New Zealand Government to improve the dairy industry in Fiji.

“There are a few components within the program which had been implemented a year ago and we have reached this far where we want to come and show to the farmers some of the progress that we are trying to do as part of the capacity building and improvements programs in the dairy industry,” Mr Waibuta said.

“The bottom line of this program is to bring in the highest level of efficiency in order to lift the dairy production and for us to try and reduce the high import bill of the dairy products.”

Mr Waibuta added that farmers play a very important role in taking the dairy industry forward.

The chief technical advisor from Prime Consulting International Ltd, Stewart Cairns said some of the things in the program will help farmers increase the production on their farms.

“By working together we can achieve many things and there are many exciting innovations being planned to ensure the ongoing success of the whole project,” he added.

The Ministry of Agriculture is working closely with the New Zealand Government to reduce the importation of dairy products in Fiji.

The field day was organised in line with the Fiji Dairy Industry Development Initiative (FDIDI) program for the farmers to come and see the demo farm setup at the Koronivia Research Station which can be practiced on their farm.

The FDIDI is a bilateral aid project supported by the Fiji and New Zealand Governments. The project is being managed by Prime Consulting International Ltd which is drawing on New Zealand experience to improve the Fiji dairy industry.

The five year program aims to improve the productivity and profitability of the Fiji dairy industry and tackle a shortage of fresh milk production in the local market.

 

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