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Fiji undertakes embryo implant to improve local milk production

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Mahendra Reddy
Pacific   Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy

Fiji's Agriculture Ministry is undertaking an embryo implant program to help farms restock after cows were affected by brucellosis and tuberculosis outbreak.

Fiji's Agriculture Minister Mahendra Reddy said on Tuesday that the embryo is for high yielding cattle which will weigh three times more than the normal breed currently in the island nation.

He said the cattle will also be able to produce 25 liters of milk per day and improve the dairy industry in Fiji.

In the first quarter of this year, about 351 cattle have been removed from Fiji dairy farms due to brucellosis and tuberculosis. Fiji also faces a shortage of milk supply due to the sick cattle breed.

Fiji's dairy industry suffers from low productivity as milk yields are low and reproductive rates poor.

There is a shortage of fresh milk in the local market, which is not met by local production because of the small volumes produced. All these contribute to low incomes for farmers and their families which the Fijian government is trying to address now.

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