May 21, 2024

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Rwanda: 15 districts secure proximity veterinary posts

In a bid to help the farmers to get medicine nearby and boost their animal production, 15 districts across the country, have gained small veterinary posts.

These facilities were built through the Partnership for Resilient and Inclusive Small Livestock Markets (PRISM) Project, aimed to promoting small livestock rearing all over the country.

The five years’ project has a total cost of US$ 45.64 million from the International Fund for the Development of Agriculture and Livestock (IFAD), Enabel, Heifer International and other partners. It started in 2021and is supposed to be closed in September 2026.

According to the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), the institution that is implementing the project, a total of Rwf510 million was invested in the building of the veterinary posts and supply of equipment needed.

The beneficiary districts are Ruhango, Huye, Nyamagabe, Karongi, Rulindo, Gicumbi, Musanze, Nyabihu, Ngororero, Rutsiro, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Burera, Gakenke and Nyamasheke.

At the veterinary post, you will find veterinary professionals who are responsible in treating animals that include goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, cows and many others.

Umuhire Odille, who is in charge of veterinary clinic located in Nkotsi Sector, Musanze District, said they help people in treating domestic animals using reliable medication.

“In the past, we used to treat based on the symptoms, so if you follow the symptoms, there is something that you suspect is the disease that may or may not be true, now we are left to follow the disease confirmed by the laboratory tests and provide reliable medicine”, She said.

Ziragaba Jean Claude, a farmer of Bikara Cell, Nkosi sector, said that this clinic is improving the primitive way in which they used to treat their animals.

Nzayisaba Joselyne said by the fact that vets were far away from them, they used to treat their animals with grass, and now they are happy of the new established clinic.

The Head of the Department of Animal Resources Innovation and Technology Transfer at RAB, Dr Fabrice Ndayisenga, emphasized the proximity animal clinics will help in increasing the production of both eggs and meat.

The government aims to increase meat consumption from small livestock farming to 80 per cent, with cows accounting for 20 per cent. This goal is part of a seven-year strategy to improve food security and meet the FAO’s target of 45 kilogrammes of meat per year. Currently, a Rwandan consumes only eight kilogrammes of meat per year according to RAB.

A Veterinary Clinic located in Nkotsi Sector, Musanze District
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