Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Moo-ving forward: Botswana’s dairy dreams take center stage

Botswana’s aspirations to rejuvenate its dairy sector are poised for a pivotal moment as the country awaits the arrival of a significant consignment of embryos from Brazil in April. This endeavor, led by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the National Agriculture Research and Development Institute (NARDI), marks a strategic move to enhance local dairy production through the adoption of Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART).

The imminent arrival of these embryos sets the stage for Botswana’s maiden venture into embryo transfer, slated to commence in May, utilizing state-of-the-art ART techniques. Dr. Kethusegile Raphaka, Director of Animal Production and Health at NARDI, underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to bolstering dairy productivity through technological innovation. “Our ongoing project focuses on introducing embryo transfer within the dairy sector, aligning with the government’s broader agenda to embrace assisted reproductive technology. Recently, we’ve sent a colleague to Brazil for specialized training in embryo transfer techniques,” he noted. “Furthermore, we’ve procured embryos and semen from Brazil to facilitate advancements in the dairy sector through biotechnology. We eagerly await the arrival of the embryos, expected around April.”

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