THE Ministry of Agriculture's Animal Health and Production division is working closely with biosecurity officials to eradicate the spread of diseases among the country's livestock.
Department director Tomasi Tunabuna highlighted that Fiji had a good record of containing diseases in livestock.
"Because of our isolation, we don't have the diseases that are prevalent in other countries and they contribute to animal production but if we want to maintain the disease-free status, we should have in place a very good biosecurity system," he said.
"Through this we should have a very good streaming process and systems that are in place when we import livestock and also livestock products.
"We have to have the infrastructure that enables us to be able to detect or know the disease status of livestock and to find meat that is contaminated.
"Biosecurity plays a very important role, simply because while we want to maintain trade at the same time we want to minimise the introduction of diseases."
Mr Tunabuna said trade had a significant impact on livestock diseases.
"Trade is global thing now and we can get products from anywhere across the globe at any time and if we are not careful, we are subjecting our livestock sector to diseases that can affect our production."
He said the Commonwealth Veterinary Association conference in Nadi would discuss ways to protect livestock from diseases.
"We will have a main team that will go into food production, food security and these are for milk and for meat and then we will go into the streams for companion animals and for veterinary cases.
"We have representatives from the main Commonwealth Veterinary Association and we even have local speakers who will be talking about their own experiences."