Major concerns were highlighted by dairy farmers from the Navua, Tailevu and Naitasiri area during the fourth Annual General Meeting of the Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Limited’s.

The Chairman Simon Cole said that with the challenges the dairy industry is facing this AGM was of serious importance.

Some of the concerns raised included the impasse over the milk pricing agreement, the ongoing challenges of replacement of lost stock as a result of Bovine TB, and on clarity on FCDCL’s expenditure, operational costs and the company’s structure.

Cole highlighted the boards policy remains to assist small farmers by subsidising services rather than trying to maximise returns from the services the company provides.

The company made a profit in 2017. With clarifications requested by the farmers, the accounts were unanimously accepted.

The meeting agreed to officially join the Fiji Crop & Livestock Council (FCLC) as a council member. This brings to fourteen the commodity associations council members that make up FCLC.

At the end of the meeting Cole reminded the farmers that as an industry it is important that they speak as one voice to all their partners, as farmers strive towards one common goal, for the benefit of all dairy farmers.

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