Foundation of Brazilian group Vale plans to fund programme for artificial insemination of beef cattle in Mozambique

31 July 2012

A protocol of cooperation for implementation of the National Artificial Insemination Programme, in Mozambique, has been signed by Brazil’s Vale Foundation and the Mozambican Agriculture Ministry, the Mozambican press reported.

The programme, which was set up as part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agrarian Development Strategy, aims to use artificial insemination at beef cattle farms in Mozambique’s ten province that have suitable conditions for use of this technique, in order to improve the genetic make up of Mozambique’s beef and milk cattle herds.

The protocol outlines that the Vale Foundation will be responsible for investment, and providing genetic material needed for the project to the Agriculture Ministry, as well as artificial insemination kits, amongst other equipment, and for funding courses on artificial insemination provided by the Ministry itself.

According to the same document, the Agriculture Ministry will assess the technical feasibility of extending use of artificial insemination to beef cattle farms in Tete province, located in regions of the province that are suitable for using this technique. (macauhub)