Thursday 30 May 2013
The Fiji Times Online reports that with the opening of the Vanua Poultry meat bird packaging plant in Siberia, Labasa there is a need to get the production and processing chain up and running.
Friday 12 April 2013
The Fiji Pig Association continues to work with Government to address a growing crisis in the industry as subsidized pork products, processed in Australia, continue to flow into the country.
Thursday 18 October 2012
The pork industry in Fiji may be in trouble due to subsidised pork imports.
Sunday 26 August 2012
Fiji has announced a ban on poultry imports from Brazil, due to the risks associated with diseases on the packaging entering the country.
Thursday 10 May 2012
Inmates at the Vaturekuka Correction Service will next month harvest three to four tonnes of rice from their 1.3 hectares of farm.
Thursday 29 September 2011
The removal of price control from imported lamb is to encourage Fijians to buy more local chicken meat, according to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Lamb is among the five items that have been removed from the price controlled list.
Sunday 14 August 2011
KFC, the fried-chicken restaurant chain, has halted operations in Fiji, amid a row over imports of the ingredients to make its flavoured crumb coating.
Thursday 11 August 2011
Senior Northern Agriculture officer Maikali Drauna said the demand for beef, goat and sheep was more popular than pork.
Friday 24 June 2011
I've read with much amusement recently that eating pork helps improve sexual activity, and people in countries like Argentina, Denmark and Japan believe that is as effective as Viagra to spice up your sex life! Argentine's President, told the world press last year that "Some nicely grilled pork is much more gratifying than taking Viagra". I'm now wondering how much pork you need to eat to feel sexy?
Friday 29 October 2010
The growth of Fiji's poultry industry will not only see self-sufficiency but also venture into the large untapped market within the Pacific region says Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
THE change in times has brought with it accelerated domestic strife and hardship, a 75-year-old farmer and fisherman said.
Comparing the old days to the fast pace race and development that takes place around us today, Anasa Raika, pictured, said the red tape and bureaucracy in today's system were challenging.
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Dairy Farmers Association spokesperson Vijendra Prakash says farmers are asking for an increase so they can make some profit, said RadioFiji .
Saturday 28 August 2010
A new $827,000 feed mill had its foundation laying ceremony last week at the Koronivia Research Station (Fiji Islands) by the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mason Smith.
Speaking during the ceremony, Smith said that the Research station was taking a dynamic step forward in terms of technology development at its station.
Wednesday 25 August 2010
WHAT started off with two sick and rejected goats from the Agriculture ministry some three years ago has since developed is a thriving livestock farm.
Inoke Ravuvou (pictired left) now has 22 very healthy goats which he sells.
The Naikorokoro villager from Sigatoka Valley said he left the tourism industry to return to the farm.
Tuesday 03 August 2010
CATTLE farming is a lucrative business that is still untapped says Ministry of Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year award winner Lenard Haynes.
Born and bred in Savusavu, he is one of the youngest cattle farmers who are making a difference in the market and has been recognised for his hard work after more than five years in the business.
Monday 02 August 2010
Ram Sami and Sons Fiji Limited that specialises in production, distribution and marketing of quality farm fresh eggs are thinking of expanding their business.
The company that started from a backyard chicken shed in Nausori in the 1970s, now has four laying farms, a brooding and rearing farm, a feedmill as well as a warehouse, according to Fiji Times Online.
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Large scale commercial cane farming must be explored and developed in Fiji, the country’s Reserve Bank governor has recommended.
Speaking at the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress at the Shangri La Fijian Resort, Sada Reddy said this is one area of reforms needed urgently in the country’s ailing sugar industry.
Because it has been plagued with on-going problems, the industry now contributes only around 3.0 per cent to real GDP.
Saturday 12 June 2010
Potato farming has been launched in Fiji in an effort to reduce the country’s potato imports that currently stand at $17 million.
At the launching at Navai in Nadarivatu on Thursday, agriculture minister Joketani Cokanasiga said government, through its "import substitution program" aimed to reduce this figure.
According to the agriculture ministry’s strategic plan, the cultivation of potatoes should begin this year and reduce the importation of the legume by $5.3 million annually, equivalent to growing nearly 1,100 acres of potatoes.
Thursday 20 May 2010
Both the Ministry of Trade and the Prices and Incomes Board have confirmed that a 12 per cent maximum mark-up remains in force for all retailers, according to Fiji Times Online.
This follows last week's announcement of the staggered removal of wholesale price control on chicken - part of an agreement between the poultry industry and the government.
Friday 14 May 2010
Consumers will be paying 11 per cent more for chicken, according to Fiji Times. The move – part of a nine-month deal announced by Trade Ministry head, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – will take place in stages, beginning on 17 May.
However, prices could rise further because some retailers are selling chicken as much as 33.5 per cent over wholesale prices.
Thursday 08 April 2010
Principal Agriculture Officer Mr Uraia Waibuta said the rehabilitation work will start around mid April 2010.
“The $2.6 million will be used for planting materials, agro inputs, land development, desilting of drains in Cakaudrove and inland of Macuata, veterinary drugs, pasture seeds, supplementary feeds and fencing materials for cyclone affected farmers,” Mr Waibuta said.
Mr Waibuta said the rehabilitation work will first focus on food security for the farmers then on economic recovery.
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Leather is out of stock and shoemakers in Labasa are concerned about the future of their businesses
Monday 18 January 2010
Scientists suspect that tilapia introduced to the waterways of the Fiji Islands may be gobbling up the larvae and juvenile fish of several native species of goby
Wednesday 06 January 2010
$50,000 worth of thawed meat weighing 40,000 kilograms was destroyed at the Naboro landfill last week by the Food Unit of the Ministry of Health
Thursday 03 December 2009
Local fishing export companies will take a long time to be able to compete with other nations who are fishing our oceans.
Fiji fishing export company Hangton director Jitendra Mohan says there is campaign underway for pacific fishing companies to claim more from the Pacific $2 billion fishing industry.
Tuesday 01 December 2009
The Muslim community can now buy meat from the Fiji Meat Industry Board's Nasinu abattoir after the facility received its halal accreditation this week.
The Fiji Muslim League confirmed the FMIB was halal-certified to slaughter cattle, goat and sheep according to Islamic
Tuesday 10 November 2009
The government is promoting the advance of dairy and poultry farming on the Islands while there will always be a demand for imported mutton and lamb.
Reports have said that the West area of the country provide the best conditions for dairy farming.
Tuesday 20 October 2009
WHILE a bid for Fiji to resort to local meat produce will greatly benefit the economy, the country will still need to import quality prime meat cuts for hotel demand, says Leyland's Limited general manager Christopher Yee.
Mr Yee said
Wednesday 15 July 2009
Rewa Dairy Co-operative Limited chief executive Ratu Savenaca Seniloli says the company is closely monitoring the brucellosis situation in Tailevu, assessing the supply trend from its largest supplier of fresh milk.
Saturday 11 July 2009
Fiji’s ministry of agriculture says it has slaughtered more than thirty of the 282 cattle infected with the brucellosis bacteria.
The disease causes late term-abortion and infertility in cattle, while it can also lead to fever in humans.
According to a report from RadioNewZealandInternational, the ministry’s veterinarian officer, Robin Achari, says the infected cattle are distributed among 14 farms in North Tailevu,
Thursday 09 July 2009
A DAIRY auditor in Australia, Jalal Dean, yesterday questioned principal veterinarian Dr Robin Achari's statement on the safety of eating meat from brucellosis-infected cows.
"Although the microbe is destroyed during heating, I was rather shocked to read Dr Achari's statement that there is no danger to consumers eating meat from infected
People in Fiji are buying more imported milk because of the resurgence of the bacterial disease brucellosis.
The Fiji Times says it has interviewed managers at several supermarkets, which confirmed that people are reluctant to buy Fiji-produced milk, says RadioAustraliaNews.
Wednesday 08 July 2009
Fiji's Department of Primary Industries has put an important cattle breeding program on hold following a resurgence of the bacterial disease brucellosis.
The highly contagious infection has been detected in a herd of cattle in the province of Tailevu, on the main island of Viti Levu, after a 10-year absense, reports RadioAustraliaNews
Friday 03 July 2009
Two dairy farms in Fiji have been quarantined following the discovery of an outbreak of brucellosis.
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