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.

Proficiency testing kits to assist in lab
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:32

A proficiency testing kit for brucellosis was handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). While presenting the kit to the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Ropate Ligairi, the Adviser for Animal Health of SPC Dr. Ken Cokanasiga said that this will assist staffs of Veterinary Pathology Laboratory to carry out their work more efficiently.

He said that the kits will be used to test and gauge the competence of Fiji’s vet laboratory to accurately and consistently test for brucellosis, using the 3 main internationally recognized screening tests.  “Such proficiency testing regimes are also used to accredit labs against known established standards,” he added.

Dr Cokanasiga had attended an Executive Committee meeting for the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific (APHCA) in Bhutan, where this donation for Fiji was presented by FAO, on behalf of the Royal Government of Thailand. He said that laboratory diagnostic capacity for brucellosis eradication and control needs to be strengthened utilizing the proven knowledge and techniques practiced in international reference laboratories taking into consideration the epidemiological situation in animals and humans in each country.

“Commission members also agreed upon the need to establish a regional laboratory network to promote regional collaboration on animal disease diagnosis and control such as brucellosis,” Dr. Cokanasiga said.

“SPC is most grateful to the Royal Government of Thailand for its continued assistance in the improvement of veterinary services in SPC member countries.”

“Such assistance also complements SPC’s work in the region in the area of Animal Health.”

While accepting the kit Mr Ligairi thanked SPC for the work that it is doing in assisting the development of the agricultural sector in Fiji, more specifically, assistance to the veterinary services, provided by Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture.  

For further information please contact Principal Agriculture Officer (Information) Nacanieli Takele on phone 3383155 extension 296 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on +679 3370733.

(Media Release by Information and Communications Section, Ministry of Agriculture).


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