THE GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) will import more cattle herds from Vanuatu this year.
This was revealed by the Director of Livestock and Veterinary Services Rarney Keqa in an exclusive interview over the weekend.
Mr. Keqa said the country was supposed to get more cattle last year the country, but to the natural disaster has affected the deal.
“Last year government should have imported more cattle from Vanuatu but due to the effect of the cyclone Pam that hit Vanuatu the arrangement was not possible.”
However this year, he added the county is keen to get more cattle shipment from Vanuatu to Solomon Islands this year as part of an effort to revive the cattle industry in the country.
“We are looking forward to importing some more cattle from Vanuatu to help us with the national cattle rehabilitation program,” he said.
“We are looking at importing a total of 200-500 cattle herds this year,” he added.
He said importing of cattle from Vanuatu is very helpful as a key player in reviving the cattle industry in the country.
He said currently the cattle rehabilitation programme is on schedule and the government is looking forward to expand the cattle project to other parts of the country.
Government several years ago imported hundreds of herds from Vanuatu and had been breeding it at its Tenavatu cattle farm before distributing it.
Already some of the cattle have been distributed to parts of Guadalcanal, Malaita and over the weekend to the Western province.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI