Participants at the Calf Rearing Workshop at Koronivia Research Station.Photo:Supplied.
In an effort to continuously enhance Fiji’s dairy industry, staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders were trained on Calf Rearing and Management at the Koronivia Research Station this week.
Director for Animal Health and Production (AH&P)Division Tomasi Tunabuna said that consultants, who had studied the local dairy industry had highlighted that poor calf management is thesingle biggest factor which contributes to restricted growth of the dairy industry in Fiji.
“It was identified by Kiwi Calf rearing expert Mal Eden and his team while visiting our dairy farms recently.”
There is a need,he said to train stakeholders especially livestock officers, Ministry staff and dairy farmers because they are key to unlocking this big challenge.
Mr Tunabuna said that the Ministry staff need to have visionary power and commitment to learn, the willingness to change and to improve performance in order to effectively accomplish goals.
Training and up-skilling of a workforce, he added plays a very important role in building an organization, and the strength of an organization is a product of knowledge and skills of its workforce.
In this regard, Mr Tunabuna said that training was necessary for the Ministry and particularly for the livestock and the veterinary services sector.
The workshop was supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme.