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Poultry Industries in the South Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities

Diarra, Siaka S. (2016) Poultry Industries in the South Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities. [Conference Proceedings]

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The demand for poultry products is growing rapidly with the fastest growth being in developing countries (Ravindran, 2012; FAO, Food Outlook, 2013). Poultry products are in high demand in all countries of the South Pacific region and this trend will continue due to expected population growth, the taste and health consciousness of the products and fast changing life styles in the region among others. While recognizing the importance of poultry products in the region however, the title “Poultry Industries in the South Pacific Region: Challenges and Opportunities” may be interesting but not so easy to address due to lack of reliable statistics of the industry in most countries. The South Pacific region consists of 22 small Island countries most of which do not have up to date statistics of livestock and poultry. Despite the high demand of the products, poultry sector is still less developed in the region and domestic production does not meet demand in most countries. Going by at the current trend of poultry industries the region can be grouped into; i) countries that have a fairly well established industry with few large scale poultry systems and ii) those where the industry is predominantly traditional with little or no commercial poultry systems. In the former group the industry is mainly driven by big companies while in the latter few small private investments may be seen in some countries. Out of the 12 member countries of the University of the South Pacific (USP) only Fiji falls in the first group. This paper highlights the main features of the poultry industries in Fiji and Samoa. Information provided is based on reports from the Livestock Departments of the Ministries of Agriculture and personal interviews.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2016 03:16
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 01:28

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