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Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security

APD-Activities


 
 
  • Managing Government livestock farms and fodder stations
 
  • Import of livestock and Breed improvement program for farmed animals
 
  • Introducing new bio-technologies( Porcine Artificial insemination)
 
  • Conservation of local farm animal genetic resources
 
  • Training of Farmers on Basic Animal Health Care under the VET-GOV Pilot Project.

 

 

Under the VET-GOV Pilot Project, funded by AU-IBAR, the Animal Production Division in collaboration with the Division of Veterinary Services has been engaged in conducting training courses in Basic Animal Health Care.

 

The course aims at strengthening capacity of the breeders to address production related diseases of dairy cattle and goat by:
 Improving the farmers’ knowledge in basic health care
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Decreasing dependency of farmers on the Ambulatory Health Service of the DVS
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Minimizing animal deaths uphold animal welfare and reduce economic loss of farmers by enabling them to give basic care to animals pending the arrival of vets
Enable farmers to make judicious use of clinical veterinary services.
           
 
In the last decade, a number of livestock breeding stations have been closed down, which resulted in a loss of production capacity for breeding stock. This has had a negative impact on the livestock sector in general. In this context, new projects have been launched to fill the gap created by the closure of these stations and which include the following:

                      i.        Heifer Farm at Melrose

                     ii.        Livestock zone Dairy at Melrose 
                    iii.        Sheep Reproduction Farm at Salazie

    Drafting of Legislation for Livestock Sector

Animal Production Division is also actively involved in the drafting of legislation (ex. Animal Production Bill and Animal Health Bill) for the livestock sector to address issues such as illegal slaughter, lack of traceability, no movement control, poor coordination between different service-providing institutions, no recording system for animal performance and lack of information for policymaking