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Ministry to construct more animal pounds

March 9, 2018 12:57 am

The Ministry of Agriculture will construct 12 more animal pounds to address the issue of stray animals on our roads.

Minister responsible, Inia Seruiratu says they have 11 existing pounds but unfortunately some have been neglected over the years and need to be fixed.

“We have just completed three and are in Viti Levu in Vitawa in Rakiraki and of course two in Vanua Levu, Wainigata in Savusavu and one in Seaqaqa in Cakaudrove. In the Central division, we have to construct one in Dawasamu, one in Natovi and one in Navua in Namosi. In Vanua Levu, we will construct one in Taveuni and of course one in Labasa, in Macuata as well. Western division, Vitawa has already been constructed, one in Lautoka, one in Narata and two in Ba and Komaiwai in Nadi and Namarai.”

Seruiratu says with a budget of $1.37 million, they are also looking at employing 15 more people to take on the extra load from the ministry.

He adds that they will also purchase trucks to transport the stray animals to the pounds.