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Farmers are reluctant to get their livestock tested

May 8, 2019 12:29 pm
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, David Kolitagane [middle]

Farmers are reluctant to allow their livestock to get tested for Brucellosis and Tuberculosis.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, David Kolitagane says farmers are not cooperating with the ministry which is a challenge for them.

Kolitagane says at times they have to follow the traditional protocol and engage Bio Security officers to try and convince the farmers.

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As farmers, they are very close to their animals. If the animals are caught up in the disease and taking them to the slaughterhouse is very difficult for them. Some even name their animals after their family members who may be staying somewhere around the farm or somewhere overseas.

Kolitagane says the diseases have existed in Fiji over the past several years and there is a vital need to control the issue.

He adds they have increased their budget from $1million to $3million to control the devastating disease.

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