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Compensation for dairy farmers hit by TB outbreak

December 12, 2014 3:33 am

Farmers can expect compensation for the loss of their cattle in the recent Tuberculosis outbreak.

Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu says with more than 400 cattle lost in the outbreak, work is now underway to ensure the dairy industry remains sustainable

“There are certain formulas that are taken into consideration, particularly on the market value, but as I’ve stated, we will have to get to government on that.”

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Seruiratu says an understanding has been reached with the Bio-Security Authority of Fiji which will now see Agriculture officers taking on monitoring and review responsibilities.

“To work within the existing laws, Agricultural officers will be appointed bio-security officers, this is the same arrangement we had in the eradication of termites and the likewise for Iguana, where there have the authority to appoint agricultural officers as bio-security officers, so that that Agricultural officers can assist them’’.

Dairy farmers continue to be advised to ensure their infected animals are quarantined.

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