17 Nov 2008

Livestock conference could boost agriculture in Pacific

3:09 pm on 17 November 2008

A Fiji based veterinarian says a meeting in Samoa this week for international livestock experts could help boost the economies of Pacific nations.

More than 100 delegates from the Caribbean, Africa and many Pacific countries are expected to attend the conference.

Rosemary Rangitauira reports.

"Robin Yarrow who lives in Fiji says the experts are coming together to discuss topics including animal welfare, emerging diseases and livestock production. He says looking at international livestock models in these areas could provide Pacific nations with an opportunity to improve animal welfare and raise production. He hopes utilising these models could see a growth in the numbers of pigs, cattle and sheep farmed in the region. Robin Yarrow says it may lead to more employment opportunities for the Pacific if a sustainable export trade can be developed."