The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), prepared a 7 years livestock master plan expected to promote the sub sector through new opportunities and technologies.
During the training workshop of livestock professionals and academicians on the master plan document, Theogene Rutagwenda, Director General of Animal Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture pointed out challenges such as; lack of proper breeds, diseases and effect of climate change as affecting the growth of the livestock sub sector in the country.
Livestock sub sector still have challenges
Rwanda is yet to meet the international standards in meat, milk or eggs consumption, as highlighted by Otto Vianney Muhinda, Assistant FAO Representative in Rwanda.
Currently, meat intake in Rwanda stands at 10kg per person on an annual basis while the international standards is 45kg per year. The new Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA4) through which the livestock master plan will be implemented, will seek to increase meat consumption to at least 40kg per year per capita.
Dr. Theogene (back) and Otto Vianney
Dr. Charles Nkuranga, Lecturer at University of Rwanda who was one of participants of the workshop, reminded the necessity of better collaboration between livestock professionals, farmers and other stakeholders as a key to the needed improvement of the sector.
Dr. Charles Nkuranga, Lecturer - University of Rwanda
Dr. Tumusabe Marie Claire, Vice Chairperson of Rwanda Council of Veterinary Doctors, mentioned a disorder in this sector as one of main challenges to be tackled first, "There are some veterinary pharmacies, in which you can find even salt, petroleum, ..., we need to give value to our profession", she said.
The PSTA4 was drafted in 2017 by FAO technicians on financial support of the European Union, and it has been validated and adopted by the government of Rwanda and farmers to be used in transforming agriculture for next 7 years.