Sheep and goat farmers in the Western division have been reassured that the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to provide assistance in its bid to develop the sector.

Handing over assistance packages to eleven smallholder farmers of Sigatoka yesterday, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy stressed the need to develop the sector.

“The idea for this is to migrate you from a smallholder farmer to a medium and large holder goat and sheep farmer; we want to grow our livestock sector and for that you cannot continue to free range graze your animals or tether it manually, it’s just not possible.”

Minister Reddy also stressed that in order for these smallholder farmers to grow their stock, they needed to restrain from slaughtering their female breeds as females will increase their stock.

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