Movement of sick animals restricted

Statistics on cattle diseases presented in Parliament today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Statistics on cattle diseases presented in Parliament today. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 11:38AM THE movement of cattle in areas with known cases of Brucellosis and Tuberculosis is restricted in the Government’s attempt to control the disease prevalence.

Speaking in Parliament today, Fiji’s Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu detailed decreasing numbers of the two diseases and explained the ministry’s preventative efforts.

“The best advice for the farmers is for the animals to be isolated and culled, to be slaughtered,” the Minister said.

“Both these diseases are caused by bacteria so the lab tests will confirm that.”

Mr Seruiratu said the two cattle diseases were normally detected using blood sample collection and from the field and clinical tests.

The Minister said the Government had declared areas with known cases of the two diseases as red zones and forbade the sale of animals into farming communities that were free of the disease.