BUBANZA June 12th (ABP) – The Provincial Director of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock (BPEAE) of Bubanza province (north-west of Burundi), Mr. Emmanuel Ndikumuganwa, commends the step already taken in the implementation of the rabbit raising program, despite some constraints, a check by ABP revealed.
Data from BPEAE Bubanza show that in February 2023, all the five communes that make up Bubanza province did not exceed 3,000 rabbits, but that currently the number of rabbits is over 12,000.
Some of the constraints to the implementation of rabbit farming, mentioned by some breeders contacted, are, among others, the lack of supply markets for rabbits, pointing out that even the SANGWE cooperatives, which plan to grant them to members, do not find it.
Other obstacles to that livestock are the lack of drugs specific to rabbits because currently, breeders use those for poultry. They also talk about inbreeding, caused by the fact that those domestic animals stay closer, as well as insufficient knowledge to better practice rabbit farming, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Mr. Ndikumuganwa calls on the inhabitants of Bubanza to engage in that rabbit farming, deemed profitable and beneficial for households. He also asks them to call on nearby agro-pastoral technicians, whenever necessary.