Fiji’s first embryo transfer program on cattle has been hailed a success following the birth of calves or calving stage at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Sigatoka Research Station.
Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu says the Ministry of Agriculture had collaborated with Australian Reproductive Technologies to improve the dairy and beef industry.
Seruiratu says that through its concerted efforts to modernize the agriculture sector, the Ministry in partnership with the Australian Reproductive Technologies is working on improving Fiji’s dairy and beef industry through the implementation of the Embryo Transfer Technology program.
Having to be a first time ever for Fiji to trial and implement embryo transfer technology, it is a historical achievement for the Ministry as well as a boost for the industry.
The program has identified the Senepol cattle for beef breeds after having demonstrated a number of desirable commercial traits and is also climate resilient, while the Brown Swiss cattle has been identified for dairy, due to its high volume and quality milk production.