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Revitalise farming

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 08, 2012

THERE is a lack of commitment from farmers who were given assistance from the Animal Health and Production Department of the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Speaking at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting, north agricultural officer Naini Matakiwai told the farmers there was still a large void in the livestock farming industry up north that they often turned a blind eye to.

She said there was a need to revitalise livestock farming in the north.

"Government still spends close to billions importing meat from overseas to cater for local consumption," said Mrs Matakiwai.

"We have the resources, so why don't we use these resources for livestock farming projects like sheep, goat and cattle farming.

"Government is also intending to reintroduce dairy farming at Nabouwalu in Bua next year to contribute to the supply of milk that is lacking at the Nabua dairy factory."

Mrs Matakiwai said government planned to set up a poultry slaughterhouse in Siberia, Labasa next year. "The slaughterhouse will be slaughtering 2000 chickens a day therefore poultry farming will be the next big government project for farmers in Macuata to capitalise on.

"We are looking for committed farmers who will make good use of the assistance provided to them by government."


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