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Livestock value chain/ Fiji - Building capacity to smallholders through forum

07 June 2015

The Fiji Livestock Sector Forum was opened by country’s Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Filimone Waqabaca in Nadi. The Permanent Secretary emphasized on new and innovative ideas to help drive growth in the livestock sector. The forum was facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the European Union, Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council, the Fiji Livestock Sector Forum. The forum-discussion raised awareness and shared information on the changing landscape of livestock development in Fiji. The session covered considerations needed to the change of the landscape for the Fiji livestock sector, how to make the best use of opportunities and raising awareness of the National Agriculture Policy 2020. The forum included several livestock value chain stakeholders: smallholder farmers, business operators, processors and sector associations. Representatives came from several livestock sub-categories involving those working on beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, poultry, honeybees and animal feed.
The contribution of agriculture, including livestock, to the Fiji economy has fallen by half over the years to about 12 per cent of GDP. According to Mr. Waqabaca, Fiji needs transformative thinking, new generation thinking, to take livestock value chain to the next level. The Deputy Director of SPC’s Land Resources Division, Dr Ken Cokanasiga, recited that an output of the national consultation will be a development strategy on the way forward for development of the Fiji livestock sector.



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