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About the company
Sarami Plantation has been breeding cattle in Vanuatu for 30 years and was the first property in Santo to introduce cross Brahman bulls on their 2000 hectare breeding property. Sarami has continued to upgrade its breeding herd and has bought and developed a 2000 hectare fattening property.
Total grant funding approved: ECF A$1,375,000
About the project
With the support of ECF funding, Sarami will work with smallholder cattle farmers to improve beef production in Vanuatu. Smallholder farmers on Santo and nearby islands are generally unable to achieve top prices for their cattle due to their unimproved pasture, poor breeding practices, overstocking and limited watering systems. To address these issues, Sarami will purchase cattle directly from the farmers at a 50 per cent higher average price than currently paid by the abattoir. Stock will be fattened on Sarami’s improved pastures with silage which will then be sold at a higher price.
Results December 2012
Since commencement of the ECF project Sarami has purchased over 2,000 cattle from more than 240 smallholders. This represents an increase in small holder incomes of Vatu 42.5 million ($A0.45 million). Other results include:
Once the silage and pasture improvement procedures have been fully evaluated, the project will offer important lessons for other parties around the Pacific. Interest has already been shown by government bodies and the private sector in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.