Artificial insemination gurus transform livestock farming

Trained technicians in Artificial Insemination (AI) and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) have been able to reach thousands of farmers countrywide.

Over the past six months, NAGRC&DB has graduated 70 AI technicians.

The long-term objective is to help smallholder livestock farmers to access superior animal genetics without necessarily incurring the cost of owning a live bull.

In April this year, a batch of 31 AI technicians graduated. Hon. Bright Rwamirama noted that the strategy would be instrumental in enhancing livestock farming through increased production and productivity.

“Government is committed to improve the farmers’ incomes through enhancing productivity of the animals, using modern breeding technologies,” he said. “Improving farmers’ incomes involves extending the community breeding program to all the districts in Uganda and we will continue to provide good quality semen for dairy, beef and dual-purpose animals.”

Indeed, the move has paid instant dividends and as the rest of the country embraces the Parish Development Model, these inseminators are set to transform livestock farming in the country.

The AI technicians have been deployed countrywide to support farmers with appropriate and affordable animal genetics while educating the farmers in the best animal husbandry practices.

How it works

The technicians are equipped with an artificial insemination (AI) three-litre kit filled with liquid nitrogen and semen, an AI gun, semen straw cutter, tweezers and a flask, among others.

In order to reach the farmers, the technicians have been equipped with modified AI-enabled all-terrain motorcycles to facilitate last-mile delivery of top-quality semen to farmers up to household level.

Artificial Insemination will enable smallholder farmers under the PDM to access quality genetics for improved production and productivity.

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