More than 2940 cows have been artificially inseminated and others are yet to be in Bugesera District as a way of increasing the productivity of the cattle as Leonidas Kayitankore the agronomist of the District explains.
“Most of the farmers do not rear bulls for reproduction because they are expensive, do not produce milk or give birth and hard to rear compared to cows. Farmers usually sell them or butcher them for economic purposes, we therefore need to artificially inseminate for reproduction.”
The agronomist explains that getting a bull for cow that is ready to mate is not easy and even with one bull in the area results in the same type of breed produced therefore the need to artificially inseminate always develops.
Leonidas Kayitankore says that the government of Rwanda has many and good breeds of bulls in its animal husbandry center of which they will be using their semen to artificially inseminate cows.
“Though there are still few centers and which are far from many farmers, if farmers can inform the veterinary doctor in charge of the artificial insemination on time, it will be done on time when cows are mating.”
This issue of artificial insemination can be solved if the farmers association can buy bulls and give them to farmers to rear and be passed around for mating cows or if a farmer buys bull and lends it out to farmers with a cow that needs to mate.