First Phase Of Vanuatu Cattle Restocking Program Completed

Government targets herds of 500,000 head across country

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 11, 2017) – The first phase of the national cattle restocking programme is coming to an end, with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Matai Seremaiah Nawalu, releasing the second to the last lot of breeding herds at Paunangisu in North Efate this morning.

Official guests expected to witness the release also include the Secretary General of Shefa Province, North Efate MP Jerry Kanas and Leader of Opposition MP Ishmael Kalsakau.

Director of Livestock Lonny Bong says the final release of cattle will take place in Santo in Sanma Province about August.

Director Bong says the end of the first phase of the cattle restocking programme will allow his technical team to analyse the result of the success of the programme since it started in 2015.

An official survey carried out by livestock officers on the ground should be released before the end of the year to confirm how many new calves have been born since the start of the programme, to contribute towards the Government’s national target to register a total of 500,000 heads of cattle by 2025.

The Director says with the statistics based on the survey on the farms where the cattle restocking programme has taken place, the Department of Livestock will narrow down the programme to concentrate on those islands that have the capacity to farm cattle, to continue with the project on the road to achieve 500,000 heads of cattle in nine years’ time.

Meanwhile physical counting of all new calves that have been born since the start of the first phase of the programme two years ago, will confirm how successful the first phase has been.

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