A-G urged to look into stray dogs issue

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum during the 2022/2023 pre-budget consultations at the Nadi Civic Centre. Picture: BALJEET SING

A distraught farmer who lost 45 goats and sheep to stray dogs pleaded with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to look into the stray dog issue in Fiji.

The request was made by a Nadi farmer Anil Goundar at the recent 2022-2023 budget consultation at the Nadi Civic Centre.

He told the A-G the stray dog population in Fiji was a huge issue for farmers and the public.

“In past 14 days, I have lost about 45 goats and sheep to wild dogs and that’s a substantial amount for a farmer like me.”

Mr Goundar claimed the Agriculture Ministry used to conduct poisoning campaign some years ago but were forced to stop because of intervention from animal rights activists and the population began to grow again.

“These animals go hungry and they end up in our farms attacking our livestock.

“Every farmer wants to protect their produce and livestock, and this is happening.

“I am requesting if this issue can be looked into because it is affecting farmers like me a lot and I am losing my livestock.”

The A-G told Mr Goundar to send an email to his office and the issue would be looked into.

He informed Nadi residents at the budget consultation that wild pigs were also a huge concern for farmers in Tavua and neighbouring areas.

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