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.

Participatory training workshop on animal waste management held in Fiji villages
Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:09

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Animal Health and Production team, in collaboration with Fiji’s Ministry of Primary Industries, recently conducted two one-day workshops in Ra and Nadroga Provinces, Fiji, to raise awareness on animal waste and train participants to better manage it. The workshops were held at Rokovuaka village on Tuesday 29 May and at Yavulo village in Sigatoka on Wednesday 30 May 2012, and were attended by 47 participants.

The workshops were part of the follow-up to consultations on Animal Waste Assessment Survey visits that were done in these villages in 2010. The surveys found that improper animal waste disposal and management practices were posing risks to the communities and that there was an urgent need to do awareness training.

The workshops focused on raising awareness regarding the risks that animal waste poses to rural communities, and providing appropriate practical technologies to manage it such as composting piggery waste to produce organic fertilisers and using biogas digesters to produce energy for domestic use. They were funded by Taiwan/Republic of China under a project titled Animal Waste Management to Improve Environmental Health in Forum Island Countries.

Improper disposal and management of animal waste in Pacific Island countries and territories contributes to pollution of air and water and worsens existing challenges stemming from climate change, such as the challenge of providing sufficient potable water. It also contributes to transmission of zoonotic diseases from animals to humans.

In addition to the training on animal waste management, the workshop provided basic training in pig and poultry husbandry, and allowed the participants to discuss what the villagers saw as major problems relating to keeping and raising livestock, apart from animal waste.

Of the forty seven participants, forty six were females with only one male participant. Twenty three were from Rokovuaka, and twenty four participants were from Yavulo village, Sigatoka. 

The workshop included women participants which show that these women are being empowered at community level to identify and address environmental problems, such as animal waste management issues.

For more information, please contact SPC’s Animal Health and Production team through the Land Resources Division (LRD) helpdesk at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ms Nichol Nonga and or Ms Anju Mangal on +679 3370733.
 

 

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