POULTRY farmers in Seaqaqa have pleaded with Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to have a veterinary officer in their area.
Shiu Prasad told Commodore Bainimarama during the talanoa session that farmers had to pay high costs to hire carriers to Labasa to see a vet.
"We don't have a vet officer in Seaqaqa and when our animals get sick, we have to take them all the way to Labasa otherwise, if we can't afford to pay for the carrier then our animals can die," he said.
"Seaqaqa used to have a vet officer but a few years ago, the officer was transferred and we have not had any ever since.
"It is really important for Seaqaqa to have a vet officer because most of us here are poultry farmers.
"We have cane farms and our poultry business alongside to run."
Another poultry farmer Ian Chute raised similar concerns, saying the situation is a challenge for farmers in the area.
Commodore Bainimarama asked the acting Commissioner Northern, Alipate Bolalevu, to look into the matter with the Department of Agriculture.
He told farmers their concern would be discussed with senior officials from the department.