The Dairy Industry will recover aggressively after the outbreak of the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) and Brucellosis in dairy cattle.
This was the assurance and commitment made by Minister for Agriculture and Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Inia Seruiratu while officially closing the two-week Artificial Insemination training at Tailevu Hotel, Korovou on Friday.
“TB and Brucellosis are a fact in agriculture and there are high risks involved in agriculture like in any other business but it doesn’t mean that we sit down and accept the situation,” Seruiratu said.
“When we recover from this, we will recover aggressively and I want everybody involved in the industry to know that when we recover from Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis (TB), we will recover aggressively and that involves a lot of things.”
Seruiratu emphasized that in order to improve the dairy industry, the continued involved partnership from farmers and the private sector needed to be enhanced with the proper necessary support.
“Development is all about partnership and the Government has a role in that. Government is creating policies and providing the financial support to some extent and is also coordinating with the expertise and technical experts,” Seruiratu said.
He further called on all stakeholders, who also had very important roles to play, to collaborate with each other to further develop the industry as Government could only do so much with its available resources.
“If we have problems with the partnership, we will not be able to achieve whatever intentions we have despite Government creating the environment for us to prosper and improve,” Seruiratu said.
“We can have the best resources, we can have the best technology and we can have all the money, but if we have the wrong attitude and the wrong people, then definitely all these will be unsuccessful,” he added.
In reminding farmers as well of their important role in the dairy sector, Seruiratu said, “Farmers, you have a huge responsibility, Government cannot come in and look after the farm for you, you have to look after your animals, your fencing, your pasture, the health of your animals and all the other little details involved in managing your farms. We all have to play our role and let’s all take responsibility.”
The two-weeks training on Artificial Insemination (AI) was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and was conducted by the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) New Zealand with 21 participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, farmers, Prime Consultant and the Fiji Corporative Dairy Company Limited (FCDCL).