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Farmers urged to prep for disasters

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Update: 12:41PM FARMERS have been urged to prepare silage in their farms for their livestock as it is helpful during natural disasters and during times when farms run short of feed.

Ministry of Agriculture, Director Animal Health and Production, Tomasi Tunabuna said majority of livestock farms in Fiji are pasture based and the seasonality of growth of pastures affects continuity of available feed to livestock.

He highlighted this at a recent silage production training, organised by the Ministry at its Koronivia Research Station.

"Our farmers usually face difficulty in maintaining the pastures during the dry season and this silage can be used as a supplementary feed for livestock during these times," Mr Tunabuna said.

He said silage is forage conserved with other agricultural by-products that is preserved through anaerobic fermentation in airtight enclosures.

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