By Anita Matsika, New Vision/NECJOGHA
Mbarara, Uganda – Farmers in western Uganda have demanded for more artificial insemination (Al) technicians to offer what they described as important dairy cattle breeding technology.
They said this would enhance and promote dairy production in Uganda.
Lauben Komunda, a farmer from Rwanyamahembe sub-county in Mbarara district, said currently, each sub-county has one artificial insemination technician.
He called for an increase in the number to at least five in each sub-county if farmers were to profit from the dairy breeding services.
Komunda said in Uganda, most of the dairy breeds in Uganda are not improving because farmers lack a well-planned breeding programme which is more efficient in improving productivity.
Betty Mbazira, a farmer from Isingiro, highlighted the need to address the problem of fake drugs on the market.
Mbaziira said extension staff is unreliable and called for government intervention.
Farmers raised their concerns the regional stakeholders’ meeting held at Igongo country hotel in Mbarara recently.
The meeting which tackled animal resources, value chain development and business incubation for job employment and wealth creation in Ankole, was organized by National Animal Genetic Resource Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC & DB) in partnership with Excel Hort Consult , Bushenyi youth forum project and Operation Wealth Creation(OWC).
Farmers also called for more action on the issue of tick diseases, combating foot and mouth disease, improving the quality of breeds of animals as well as managing dry seasons. They also asked government to work on stabilizing milk prices.
On the same day, the western region agricultural farm service centre was launched in Mbarara municipality.