22 Apr 2011

Fiji agriculture ministry to continue brucellosis testing

3:10 pm on 22 April 2011

Agriculture officials in Fiji are continuting to test for brucellosis in cattle this year, to prevent any further outbreaks of the disease that devastated the dairy industry last year.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Lieutenant Colonel Mason Smith says the ministry has learnt lessons, after more than 300 cows were culled as a result of the outbreak.

A second and final shipment of cattle from New Zealand arrived in Fiji last week to replace those lost, and the ministry is working to curtail any diseases that could be detrimental to milk production.

The government has also adopted the improvement of cattle genetics and artificial insemination.