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Mozambique President, Mr Filipe Nyusi on April 24 toured the Impact Genetics Centre in Mmmamashia, which uses advanced reproductive technologies into production tools for replicating and producing world class cattle.
When briefing President Nyusi, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Patrick Ralotsia said the centre dealt with cattle reproductive systems using sexed semen and had the capability to make the country a centre of excellence for livestock production.
The minister said the country was currently experiencing deficit in meeting the annual demands for milk, adding that through the technologies used at the centre, the country could be sufficient in the coming years.
“Beside enhancing capacity building in embryo transfer technology usage, the centre is able to assist in the commercialisation of the Botswana Meat Commission on quality assurance for throughput to abattoirs for alignment to markets,” he said.
Mr Ralotsia said most importantly, there was potential for export trade facilitation by government to Impact Genetics for sexed semen, embryo, exports of pregnant recipients as well as stud and dairy cattle, which Mozambique could also benefit from.
Chief executive officer of Impact Genetics, Mr Monty Chiepe said the centre delivered commercially viable solutions in the livestock sector as well as improvement of breeds for communal farmers and farm based operations.
He said the centre was not a generic embryo transfer company, but it had programmes that included capacity building for farming communities so that they may contribute to employment creation.
Mr Chiepe further said the centre offered excellent solutions in the beef and dairy sector genetics which could be extended to the entire African continent.
“Impact Genetics is available to assist African countries in livestock production as per their varied climatic conditions and challenges that the African farmers and governments face in professionalising their beef and dairy industries,” he said.
Impact Genetics among other things specialises in embryo transplants and semen export.
Mozambique assistant minister of agriculture and food security, Ms Luisa Meque said the lessons learnt will be taken home. The lessons from the visit, she said were important in boosting beef and dairy production in MozambiqueSource: BOPA