Acting PM urges dairy farmers to increase milk production

Acting PM urges dairy farmers to increase milk production

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 08/12/2021
[image: Supplied]

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has urged dairy farmers to increase their production of milk after he revealed that Fijians drink about 77 million litres of milk in a year while farmers are producing a little over 5 million litres per year.

While officiating at the opening of the Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd mini-shopping centre at Manoca in Nausori, the Acting Prime Minister says there are opportunities for the 200 dairy farmers to fill in those gaps.

He adds as a Government, they try to ensure that farmers grow and they are developed into commercial farming.

From the 200 dairy farmers, only 11 are commercial farmers.

FCDCL CEO, Kushmendra Prasad says the presence of the Attorney General made the opening a truly special occasion.

He says while they have designed the new centre particularly for farmers, it is also open to the neighbours in Manoca, where they are located, as well as for friends and customers in and around Nausori.

The newly opened shopping facility includes the Farmlands Supermarket, the adjacent hardware outlet, the Farmers Coffee Shop, and the dairy feed mill, all developed to provide a one-stop shopping location, where farmers can easily satisfy all their shopping requirements.

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