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Outdated rules and regulations restrict ministry's work

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 20, 2014

THE Ministry of Agriculture is riddled with problems regarding outdated policies, Acts and regulations.

Speaking to his staff in the Northern Division yesterday, Minister for Agriculture Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu said some of the policies and acts regulating the ministry were made in the 1970s.

Lt-Col Seruiratu said those policies and Acts had become irrelevant to the ministry.

"We need to change policies because they will dictate strategies and other activities, including funding as well," he said.

"Most of our Acts are outdated. For instance, if we want to do livestock farming on Vanua Levu, we can't because the current Act prohibits us from transporting the carcass of animals.

"A team is currently working round the clock to review our Acts and legal documents, including regulations."

Lt-Col Seruiratu said the ministry was bound by many legislations dealing with livestock farming.