Farmers investing in dairy industry: Cole
December 13, 2019 6:13 am
The fourteen percent increase in the price of milk paid to dairy farmers has positively impacted the outlook of the industry.
The Fiji Co-operative Dairy Company Limited has noted the increase has given farmers a reason to invest more in dairy farming.
The new price now is ninety-seven cents per litre.
Co-operative Chair, Simon Cole says there is a lot of positive changes in the industry.
He adds milk production per cow and the total yield has increased, with more resources available to lift industry.
“I am pleased to say that about eight to nine months after the price increase was implemented, yield per cow has gone up about one and a half liters of milk per cow. So the farmers are responding to that incentive to produce more milk.”
Co-operative is utilizing the artificial insemination program to address the dairy issues and grow the sector.
There are 232 dairy farms registered under Co-operative from central division and 120 supply from the Western Division.