2 Apr 2019

Fiji could exceed NZ dairy yields - academic

9:15 am on 2 April 2019

Fiji's dairy production could exceed yields in New Zealand, an academic says.

The vice-chancellor of Fiji National University, Nigel Healey, said his assessment was based on information provided by experts funded by New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Professor Healey told FBC News that the experts say with good animal husbandry, Fiji dairy yields could exceed New Zealand's because of the high moisture content in Fiji's grass.

However, problems with tuberculosis in the Fiji herd meant the country ended up importing much of its milk, he said.

Industry stakeholders needed to co-operate to overcome the problems and unlock the country's dairy potential, the academic said.