30 cattles tested positive for Brucellosis in 2018: Ministry

Cattles grazing in a farm in Tailevu. Picture: FT FILE

MORE than 30 cattles tested positive for Brucellosis last year.

This was revealed by Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy who said some 22,019 cattle were tested for Brucellosis by the ministry in 2018.

Dr Reddy said they had extended “the testing to the Western and Northern divisions.

Last year, a total of 33,839 cattle were tested for Tuberculosis (TB), out of which 1681 gave positive signs.

Dr Reddy has also urged farmers to clean up their farms.

He said said the ministry would be releasing new breeds of cattle that would be high yielding, high carcass and high milk producing breeds, and that this exercise would be useless if farmers did not eradicate their farms from Brucellosis and Tuberculosis (TB)-infected cattles.


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