The Poultry Small Business Unit (SBU) like its other units, has been through a consolidation phase for the past two to three years and is now undertaking a process of fine tuning its operations.
Its' main products are eggs, chicks and poultry meat which are generated from culled birds (ie. layers and breeders) and broilers.
By-products include poultry droppings and hatchery wastes which could also provide additional income as they can be used as manure for vegetable gardening and fish ingredients in fish farming.
The Poultry unit is currently evaluating and pursuing economically viable options as it prepares towards being accounted for as a separate cost centre by 2013.
During the fourth quarter last year, the FCS was grateful to receive a donation of $30,000 from the Chinese Embassy which was allocated towards improving the development needs of the poultry and piggery industries.
FCS poultry farming is the commercial production of poultry birds and eggs for meeting the protein needs of the general population. It’s legal mandate in line with the People’s Charter is:
• To grow sustainable commercial industry for food security while reducing imports:
• To adopt SBUs as a training ground for employment opportunities for inmates as part of their rehabilitation; and
• To ensure viable SBUs which will culminate into the formation of the Fiji Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (FCORE).