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Minister Issues Livestock Warning

All livestock brought in from declared red zone areas under the Ministry for Agriculture need to be cleared under the Biosecurity Act. Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu, was responding to
17 Mar 2018 10:58
Minister Issues  Livestock Warning
Opposition Member of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu outside Parliament on March 09, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

All livestock brought in from declared red zone areas under the Ministry for Agriculture need to be cleared under the Biosecurity Act.

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu, was responding to questions raised by SODELPA MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in Parliament on Thursday.

Mr Seruiratu said that just like the disaster management laws, the same practice applied under the Biosecurity Act where certain areas were marked as red zone.

Mr Seruiratu highlighted this in regards to the BTECH programme in minimising and managing the impact of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis.

Ratu Naiqama raised concern of bovine tuberculosis which could be tranferred from man to animal and animal to man.

Mr Seruiratu responed with an example where the people from Koro were not allowed to transport their cattle that they had bought from Navuso two years ago.

He said this was not allowed as the cattle were yet to be tested and the location was already declared as a red zone area for bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis.

Mr Seruiratu said it was vital under the Biosecurity Act that all livestock taken from any declared red zone area needed to be cleared by Agriculture and the Bio-security Authority of Fiji (BAF) officers before being transported to somewhere else.

He advised that the farmers bought the livestock from Navuso which they had purchased way back in 2016 and wanted to transport it to the island two weeks ago but was stopped by BAF.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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