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Shine a Light: Yaqara Ranch – Far From Its Vision

Fiji imports about $18 million worth of beef annually, compared to $7m produced locally, outgoing Chief Executive Officer Adrian Ram had told local media last year.
24 Oct 2021 16:22
Shine a Light: Yaqara Ranch – Far From Its Vision
Heard of cattle at the Yaqara pastoral farm in Rakiraki on 20 October 2021. Photo Leon Lord

The Yaqara Pastoral Company Limited (YPCL) ranch is far from what it was envisioned to become.

Located along the sunshine coast in Yaqara, Rakiraki, the ranch is rundown.

Its dismal state is linked to the quality and quantity of beef the Yaqara Pastoral Company Limited produces.

Factors that impact beef quality are many. It includes poor feed quality and overgrown pasture.

Yaqara was initially a promising investment. Government established YPCL in 1973.  But there appears to be no real groundwork to boost the supply of beef.

To date, Yaqara meat is not graded and is only supplied locally … to read the full account from our Shine A Light Investigative Reporter and Editor Ivamere Nataro by subscribing to the Fiji Sun e-edition.

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