Agriculture

Poultry farmers receive government assistance

The agriculture ministry with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is assisting areas that were severely affected by Cyclone Winston in a bid to boost the poultry industry in the country. Director Animal Health and Production, Tomasi Tunabuna said that the Cyclone Winston relief programme was a short-term program, focussed on bringing relief to those whose […]

Staff Writers

April 22, 2016 8:37 am

The agriculture ministry with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is assisting areas that were severely affected by Cyclone Winston in a bid to boost the poultry industry in the country.

Poultry farmer Tahir Ali (3rd from left) received assistance from FAO and Ministry of Agriculture staff yesterday. (DEPTFO).
Poultry farmer Tahir Ali (3rd from left) received assistance from FAO and Ministry of Agriculture staff yesterday. (DEPTFO).

Director Animal Health and Production, Tomasi Tunabuna said that the Cyclone Winston relief programme was a short-term program, focussed on bringing relief to those whose lives were affected by the cyclone.

TUNABUNA: “We are working with all Fijians in creating more awareness on the importance of food security to affected neighbouring islands especially the coastal Northern and Eastern divisions.”

Mr Tunabuna stated that the livestock sector was fortunate to receive assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Assistant FAO Representative to Fiji, Ms Joann Young said as part of the programme a total of 4,200 chickens [broiler pullets] and feed will be supplied to 350 poultry farmers around Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Tahir Ali, a 64-year-old farmer of Bau Road in Nausori is amongst other poultry farmers in the country who received 24 chickens, 20kg poultry starter and 50kg each of broiler grower and finisher.

ALI: “I really appreciate the assistance that has been given to us farmers and I can’t wait to get started on my poultry farm.”

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