Sugar cane for Fiji dairy cows
A two-year project in Sorokoba Village, Fiji is being set up to improve
livestock feed from sugar cane tops. This in return helps dairy farmers to yield
higher milk and butter-fat content per cow.
"Despite the fact that we have the best breed in the country, we still don't
seem to have produced its genetic potential," Interim Agriculture Minister
Jainend Kumar said.
"Making animal feed from cane tops is something that
has only been practiced in more developed sugar-producing countries and for this
project to be initiated in the West, is something that farmers will definitely
look forward to.
Farm Estate Enterprises Limited chairman, Surendra
Sharma, who is responsible for the project, said it would need a lot of support
from farmers in the cane belt areas. The extra costs for the feed will be
compensate by the increased milk yield.
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