Members of the senatorial commission on economic development and finance have been shocked by the scanty knowledge harboured by veterinarians in Rusizi district after noticing that they are unable to apply artificial insemination methods for livestock breeding.
The scandal was realized yesterday as the senators visited Rusizi to hold discussions with various officials involved in the development of agriculture and animal husbandry.
During the meeting it was established that only one of 18 veterinarians from different sectors of Rusizi is able to apply artificial insemination which made Senator Karangwa Chrysologue question their qualifications.
“What kind of education is delivered in our schools? Intervene to teach these people. “ “
It is funny to see Nyagatare herders sending cow keepers in Masaka to learn how they can apply artificial insemination yet professional veterinarians are unable to do so. This creates more problems. If you fail to do it, inform me so that I can teach you,” said Senator Dr Bajyana Emmanuel.
Kankindi Leoncie, the vice mayor of Rusizi district in charge of economic development said that the veterinarians are new in the field having been working for eight months only and have not yet been trained in how to handle artificial insemination.
Nuwumuremyi Jeanine, the representative of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in Western Province promised to pragmatically address the challenge.
“It is true that the issue raises worries and concern. If the government program is to apply artificial insemination exercised by veterinarians, trainings are necessary for them,” she said.
“RAB has a plan and program of training them. They did study it at school but trainings need to be regular since a person may have not studied well or forgotten it or unfamiliar with the new technology. They will be speaking another language after two weeks. It is clear that poor delivery of such service can bring negative consequences,” she added.