DAL supports cattle programme in Maprik


The Department of Agriculture and Livestock is working closely with rural communities to promote the livestock industry.
DAL Agriculture Resource Development Centre at Erap near Lae has helped many farming communities in the past by distributing livestock in the form of cattle, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep and bees as well.
Recently, a big shipment of cattle, believed to be the biggest in many years, was made to Maprik district in East Sepik, at the request of the local MP, John Simon.
DAL’s regional livestock advisor, Ralph Yamb, said it was not easy because of logistical problems but the animals arrived safely after a weeks journey from Lae.
He said the project, at the initiative of the MP, would enable more farmers to venture into animal production farming systems. Two more shipments of cattle as well as pigs will be made later.
Yamb said Simon expressed his appreciation to DAL and urged DAL to continue supporting his livestock projects as this would enable the people to participate in cattle, piggery and other livestock activities.
Yamb said cattle used to be active in the 1970s in the East Sepik but declined due to disease and other problems.
This, he said, was about to change with the recent introduction of animals, with the support of the MP.
Yamb also expressed his gratitude to the support from the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Tommy Tomscoll, and Secretary of DAL, Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava, for the cattle breeding programme carried out at DAL Erap.

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