PRIPPP Assistance to Fiji Ministry of Agriculture
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) recently provided equipment to the Fiji Islands government to aid the country in preparedness for possible incursions of potentially dangerous exotic animal diseases.
Under the PRIPPP small grants component, the Fiji Islands Animal Health and
Production Division together with the Biosecurity Division identified
two critical areas in which funds were needed to implement the country’s
animal health emergency response preparedness plan:
setting up mobile emergency response operation centres; and
procurement of disease investigation kits and equipment for trained paravets.
SPC, through PRIPPP, assisted in procuring the required equipment.
Animal Health and Production Adviser Dr Ken Cokanasiga officially
presented the equipment to the Ministry of Primary Industry’s Permanent
Secretary for Agriculture, Colonel Mason Smith at a ceremony held in
Suva on 13 August 2010.