January 24, 2017 3:14 pm

Ministry moves to conserve our pig breeds

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Pacific Community launched the Animal Genetic Resource Conservation on Indigenous Pig Breed at the Koronivia Research Station today.

This project aims to conserve indigenous animal genetic resources for future food security needs and also as an adaptation strategy against climate change impacts while ensuring that genetic resources are kept for use by future generations.

The facility was commissioned by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Jitendra Singh.
The facility was commissioned by the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Jitendra Singh.

Mr Singh said the event highlights the Ministry’s intention to work with partners with the commitment to secure animal genetic biodiversity.

“This project seeks to conserve pig genetic resources which are essential for food security and resilient to changes in weather patterns brought about by rapid changes in our climatic conditions and threats of natural disasters and outbreak of pests and diseases,” Mr Singh said.

“It is, therefore, the intention of the Ministry to work with partners that are willing to put in place strategies to minimise the adverse effect on the livestock production system.”

He added these conservation efforts would develop original genetic material that has evolved and adapted to changing environmental conditions for use by local communities.

The event was coordinated as a result of collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture, Pacific Community (SPC) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Animal Genetic Resources.

Mr Singh thanked FAO and SPC for partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture in this project.