North livestock industry earmarked as Fiji hub

Herd of cattle at a local dairy farm. Picture: FT FILE

THE livestock industry in the Northern Division is earmarked to become the hub of the sector in Fiji says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy.

He said the Ministry would continue to stimulate growth of the livestock sector and promote for increased beef, sheep and goat farming in Vanua Levu.

“After the first start-up assistance, we want you to expand on your own through investment from your farm,” he said.

“We want Vanua Levu to be the hub of livestock production in Fiji. We will establish abattoir’s from Bua to Wainikoro, soon after we see that production is increasing and farmers have shown interest in livestock farming.”

Dr Reddy however cautioned farmers slaughtering animals to follow the proper process.

“All the livestock meat that is sold in the market should be certified and should go through the abattoirs. It is illegal to slaughter an animal, even for family or home consumption which is not certified or does not go through an abattoir,” he said.

“For meats which are sold in shops, this will be confiscated by the meat inspector if it does not go through an abattoir and has no proper certification as Government does not want to put any one’s health at risk by consuming meat which does not go through a proper slaughterhouse,” he said.

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