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Dairy Industry Will Recover Aggressively: Minister Seruiratu

The Dairy Industry will recover aggressively after the outbreak of the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) and Brucellosis in dairy cattle. This was the assurance and commitment made by Minis­ter for Agriculture
16 Oct 2018 10:09
Dairy Industry Will Recover Aggressively: Minister Seruiratu
Minister for Agriculture and Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu (seating middle) with the participants of the Artificial Insemination training at Tailevu Hotel, Korovou, on October 12, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Dairy Industry will recover aggressively after the outbreak of the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) and Brucellosis in dairy cattle.

This was the assurance and commitment made by Minis­ter for Agriculture and Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu while officially closing the two-week Artificial Insemination training at Tailevu Hotel, Korovou on Friday.

“TB and Brucellosis are a fact in agriculture and there are high risks involved in agriculture like in any other business but it doesn’t mean that we sit down and accept the situation,” Minister Seruiratu said.

“When we recover from this, we will recover aggres­sively and I want everybody involved in the industry to know that when we recover from Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis (TB), we will recover aggressively and that involves a lot of things.”

Improve the dairy industry

Minister Seruiratu emphasised that in order to improve the dairy industry, the continued involved partnership from farmers and the private sector needed to be en­hanced with the proper necessary support.

“Development is all about partnership and the Govern­ment has a role in that. Government is creating policies and providing the financial support to some extent and is also coordinating with the expertise and technical ex­perts,” Minister Seruiratu said.

He further called on all stakeholders, who also had very important roles to play, to collaborate with each other to further develop the industry as Government could only do so much with its available resources.

“If we have problems with the partnership, we will not be able to achieve whatever intentions we have despite Gov­ernment creating the environment for us to prosper and improve,” Minister Seruiratu said.

“We can have the best resources, we can have the best technology and we can have all the money, but if we have the wrong attitude and the wrong people, then definitely all these will be unsuccessful,” he added.

In reminding farmers as well of their important role in the dairy sector, Minister Seruiratu said.

“Farmers, you have a huge responsibility, Government cannot come in and look after the farm for you, you have to look after your animals, your fenc­ing, your pasture, the health of your animals and all the other lit­tle details involved in managing your farms. We all have to play our role and let’s all take responsibility.”

The two-weeks train­ing on Artificial In­semination (AI) was organised by the Min­istry of Agriculture and was conducted by the Livestock Improve­ment Corporation (LIC) New Zealand with 21 participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, Prime Consultant and the Fiji Corporative Dairy Company Limited (FCDCL).

Source: DEPTFO News

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