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Training Helps Pig Farmers

The Fiji Crop and Live­stock Council (FCLC) has thanked the Min­istry of Agriculture for facil­itating a training workshop for local pig farmers on im­proving nutrition for their animals. The training
14 Apr 2018 11:00
Training Helps Pig Farmers
Members of the Fiji Pig Farmers Association undergoing nutrition training at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Production headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Photo: Fiji Crop and Livestock Council

The Fiji Crop and Live­stock Council (FCLC) has thanked the Min­istry of Agriculture for facil­itating a training workshop for local pig farmers on im­proving nutrition for their animals.

The training was organised with the Fiji Pig Farmers As­sociation and involved visit­ing consultant nutritionist Chris Cameron and Andres Spragge from the Brisbane Export Corporation, sharing best practices from their vast industry experience.

The training seminar was held at the Ministry of Agri­culture’s animal health and production headquarters at Vatuwaqa in Suva.

“A proper understanding of balancing energy and protein as well as minerals, vitamins and amino acids in a pig’s feed can be a complex topic, but this is essential for ensuring the profitable growth of pigs,” says Vuda pig farmer and FCLC chair­man, Simon Cole.

Local pig farmers attending the seminar used the oppor­tunity to seek expert advice on questions such as how best to use local feeds.

Mr Cole added that in ani­mal production systems, proper feeding was 80 per cent of the solution.

“Farmers often complain that feeds are too expensive, but they are only expensive if they are not used properly so therefore better understand­ing how to formulate feed ra­tions is essential for animal health, efficient growth and profitability,” he added.

He adds the training was an “excellent example of pri­vate sector led extension.”

The council, which rep­resents 14 commodity as­sociations with up to 30,000 farmers from the non-sugar sector, thanked the Brisbane Export Corporation for al­lowing two of its experts to undertake specialist indus­try training in Fiji.

Source: Fiji Crop and  Livestock Council

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