Samoa to buy more sheep from Fiji

Sheep bred under the MAF project on show at the recent agriculture show earlier this month

APIA: FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014: Samoa is buying 110 more live sheep from Fiji and the Principal Veterinary Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Dr. Agnes Tipo Meredith, is in Fiji to conduct quarantine services for the live shipment to Samoa.

The procurement and importation of live sheep from overseas is an initiative by MAF under the Samoa Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Project (SACEP).

The first shipment of sheep (40 rams and 4 ewes) into Samoa was in 2004.  According to MAF records, that number has now increased to 167.  The sheep are kept at the Ministry’s farms at Avele, Togitogiga, Tanumalala and Lemafa.

There are 47 registered sheep farms now recorded by the Ministry of Agriculture, with the total number of sheep now at 616.

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