By Tendai Munengwa
A new quarantine centre for cross breeding cattle and small livestock to produce hybrids has been commissioned at ART farm on the outskirts of Harare.
Scores of farmers this Friday converged at ART farm on the outskirts of Harare to witness the opening of a new quarantine centre which will be used to cross breed different hybrids of cattle.
The opening was marked by the exhibition of the Kenyan Boran breed which can be cross bred with the hard Mashona breed to produce quality meat.
“The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr John Basera described the new quarantine centre as a game changer that will also see the country exporting semen.
“This is the first in the country, and we can cross breed the Boran bulls with hard Mashona to enhance the quality of our meat which then can be exported. But above all, this center will be used to extract semen from the bulls for export,”
The farmers were also introduced to the Sussex breed which has done well in countries like New Zealand in terms of producing highly nutritional milk.
“We have the Sussex breed here which can provide semen which can be sold to other farmers for cross breeding. This center is key as it will also be used to do cross breeding for all hybrids and small livestock like sheep,” said a farmer.
The opening of the quarantine centre is in line with the Livestock Recovery and Growth plan launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to rebuild the national herd.