The Government run Tenavatu cattle farm in Central Guadalcanal has again live up to its expectation by shipping more than 100 plus cattle herds to one of the distributing cattle farms in the Western province named Ilolo.
The shipment occurred yesterday afternoon.
The shipment is part of the country’s National Cattle Rehabilitation Programme to rehabilitate the cattle industry in the country.
According to the Director of Livestock and Veterinary Services Rarney Keqa the shipment yesterday showed that Tenavatu cattle has live up to its primary expectation of breeding and distributing cattle herds to local farmers in the country.
“This first shipment to the Western Province marks a significant achievement for the rehabilitation project.”
He said Ilolo Cattle farm is well prepared to accommodate the first shipment which the farm is ready to receive anytime today.
Mr Keqa said Ilolo cattle farm has about 400 to 500 hectares of land which he believes will be able cater for the first shipment and further future shipments.
Ilolo cattle farm will operate as a breeding and distribution farm in the Western Province for the local small cattle farmers.
He said some of the cattle herds are pregnant and they will conduct proper testing when they arrive at Ilolo Cattle farm to see their results.
Breeding at Ilolo will start as soon and the first distribution from the farm to small cattle farmers in Western province should start by 2018.
With the inclusion of the Ilolo cattle farm in the Western province, the country now has three breeding and distribution farms, they are; Tenavatu cattle farm in Guadalcanal, Guanakokofo cattle farm in Malaita and now Ilolo cattle farm.
The purpose of the three cattle farms is to breed and distribute cattle herds to small farmer holders in the country as a way of reviving the cattle industry in the country.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI