The Ministry of Agriculture is urging farmers to look after their animals.
During a recent visit to the Vivekananda Technical Centre in Nadi, Minister for Agriculture – Inia Seruiratu – reiterated the importance and need for farmers to take ownership of their animals.
Farmers who need assistance in fencing – can contact the livestock officer from the Ministry.
Otherwise – the Ministry will capture and impound these animals.
Once animals are caught and owners are unable to pay the associated fees and fines – the Ministry would invite the general public to participate in the auction of the captured unclaimed animals.
Animals not claimed within ten consecutive days of impounding would then be auctioned off.
The Government has allocated one point two million dollars for the stray animal campaign for the 2017-2018 financial year – which is a staggering increase – compared to sixty thousand dollars that was previously allocated.
This funds will be used to specifically address the issue of stray animals in the country.
Seruiratu says stray animals has become a big problem in the country – because farmers are not looking after their animals.