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Meat producer tells of the high cost of livestock feed

Luke Rawalai
Friday, January 17, 2014

MEAT producers like Siberia Halal Meats in Labasa find the price of processed livestock feed expensive despite the possibility of producing it locally.

Siberia Halal Meats plant owner Abdul Hamid told Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama the cost of feed for his chicken was 70 per cent of his expenditure.

Mr Hamid said this was the truth despite the fact that the material to produce the feed was available in Fiji.

"If we produce these livestock feeds, producers like us can save around 40 per cent of our expenses," Mr Hamid told the PM.

"On the other hand, this can even generate income for farmers as they will provide our plant with ingredients for feed like desiccated coconut, cassava and corn.

"We often purchase our feed from Crest Chicken, which is really expensive."

Also speaking on the tour, Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu told Commodore Bainimarama Crest Chicken normally used a wheat-based feed.

"I had earlier requested funding to cater for specialists from Canada who will work closely with us to research the compatibility of these produce for local food production," he said.

"After the research, we can decide whether to introduce the local livestock feed to the private sector on a commercial scale."

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