ITC trains livestock technicians on Artificial Insemination

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

International Trypanotolerance Centre, is an independent and non-profit research body set up to research and multiply the unique N’Dama cattle breeding in the West Africasub-region.

The centre recently conducted a two-week training of livestock technicians on Artificial Insemination at the centre in Kerr Sering.

The exercise was conducted by the ITC to empower the livestock technicians on the ground on how to do Artificial Insemination (AI) and was sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and P2RS.

The PRO of Artificial Insemination technicians, Modou Gaye, said that the training was a way of developing their skills and learning new techniques that would help them conduct their work effectively when they go back to their various regions.

He said they would consult the farmers who are interested in improving the breeds of their animals in terms of meat and milk production.

According to him, farmers should be conscious about certain factors. For the success of AI, it should involve the environment, heat, the management of the animals and diseases.

He said among the strongest companies in Senegal that also specialised on AI, a representative joined them for the training and introduced them to the technical know-how of the anatomy and physiology of animals as to differentiate between the female and male animal.

In order to successfully conduct these techniques, some important points were highlighted by the Gambian doctors who played a very key role during the training.

The officer in-charge of ITC, Dr Arss Secka, said that the objective of ITC is the formulation, implementation and introduction of sustainable socio-economic and environmentally accepted integrated packages at farmer level, for improved livestock health, production and exploitation.

The centre’s Research and Development objective is in line with and relevant to the present policies of West Africa core values of CORAF/WECARD.

The main partners in the implementation of R&D are the National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARI).

The training was also aimed at improving the efficiency of livestock-based farming systems through the development of improved technological options based on better exploitation of adaptive traits in indigenous livestock.

The NEMA and P2RS project funded the training to teach the farmers to know how to prepare the animal and foster their understanding on cross-breeding of the animal to produce more milk.

Author: Fatou Dem