THE Agriculture Ministry wants to expand the country's livestock industry in the Western Division beginning next year.
Animal health and production department director Tomasi Tunabuna said if all goes to plan, West livestock production could fill the gap left by diseased animals in the Central Division.
"We have a lot of plans for the livestock industry in the Western Division for next year because this region has a good environment for it," he said.
"This year we started expanding the dairy industry to the West.
"Our poultry industry is also growing vigorously in the Lautoka and Nadi corridor.
"We have a lot of plans for the development of the sheep genetic industry and even the improvement of feed for livestock here."
Mr Tunabuna said the department would also look to increase livestock feed products in the area.
"We are looking at how we can make use of a lot of available resources for feed.
"We are taking into account the availability of sugar cane tops for six months every year which is a very good form of forage for livestock. The availability and abundance of feedstock in the West is something we want to benefit from and that's how our livestock can very well be expanded."