Animal Health and Production


Livestock plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic environment of Pacific Island communities. Indeed many, of the important social and cultural events in island life cannot be properly carried out without the slaughter and presentation of livestock in sufficient numbers. The Animal Health and Production thematic team works together in the Pacific region to develop prosperous, efficient and sustainable animal health and production systems, producing healthy animals and safe products for food security and income generation.

USAID climate change livestock training project
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:23
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD) project Vegetation and land cover mapping and improving food security for building resilience to a changing climate in Pacific Island communities for the Sabeto catchment area of Fiji in Nadi, conducted a livestock production adaptation training for 66 villagers from Naboutini and Korobebe villages on 1–2 October.

The USAID-funded climate change project aims to improve food security as well as enhance community resilience to the negative impacts of climate change through crop and livestock adaptations in Sabeto.

Livestock trainers Mr Andrew Tukana and Mr Nichol Nonga indicated that the training was focussed on proper livestock husbandry management and animal waste management techniques in relation to climate change and its impacts on animal production. The livestock training was conducted to coincide with the completion of the establishment of bee hives and poultry and pig farms in the Naboutini and Korobebe communities.

While  handing over the bee farming equipment, nursery sheds and infrastructure, livestock (pigs and chickens) and feed to the communities, Dr Ken Cokanasiga (Deputy Director, LRD) praised the villagers for their efforts which had enabled the establishment of the livestock adaptation projects and assured them of continued technical support from SPC, through the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Production Division.

Also present at the training was the USAID climate change project counterpart, the Director of the Animal Health and Production Division of Fiji's Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Tomasi Tunabuna, who assured the villagers of supervisory support through the ministry's Animal Health and Production office in Nadi. Mr Tunabuna also explained to the village communities what they should do to apply for funding from the Fiji government for livestock farming.

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  1. Chick Placement;
  2. Group Exercise.
 

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