The Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy has declared the cancellation of the 2020 Pigeon Shooting Season.

The public is hereby notified that following consultations and ground surveys, the Ministry has decided that the 2020 Pigeon Shooting Season will be cancelled.

The decision to cancel this year’s Pigeon shooting has been made as Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold may have destroyed the nests and breeding places of these birds.

“The recent cyclone has devastated a large portion of forests and wild areas and thus, as a result, has destroyed the nests of Fijian Wood Pigeons and Fruit Pigeons,” said Hon. Reddy.

“The Ministry notes that this move to prevent the shooting of Pigeons will provide at least 12-months for an increase in the Pigeon population, after which this decision will be reviewed.

The Ministry of Agriculture is advising people that had intended to take part in the Pigeon Shooting Open Season to refrain from taking part in Game to allow for the mandatory recuperation of the bird species in light of the devastation caused by these preceding natural disasters.

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