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Stray animals damage farms

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, April 12, 2014

STRAY animals continue to cause havoc on farms in Bua Province and this has become a major problem, says Nabouwalu station officer Inspector Eroni Soqosoqo

Speaking at the recent Lekutu district meeting on Tavea Island this week, Insp Soqosoqo said they had received about 50 reports from farmers whose plantations had been damaged by stray animals.

Insp Soqosoqo said they were conducting awareness campaigns on the issue within the district.

"The problem has been controlled and we have only received a few reports so far this year," he said.

"We are still appealing to farmers out there to ensure their animals are properly tethered and not left to graze uncontrolled, especially pigs.

"Farmers will be held accountable if their animals cause damage to other farms."

Lekutu agricultural officer Navakasiga Akuila Komai said they were aware of the problem and discussed the issue in their recent quarterly meeting.

"We are warning farmers to keep their livestock properly and ensure their livestock is branded too," he said.


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