Question NW1549 to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

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19 May 2022 - NW1549

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What additional assistance will her department provide to farmers, who are required to do costly pregnancy diagnosis of their cattle more often as part of the breeding season?

Reply:

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Council-Animal Production (ARC-AP) provides support service to farmers through provision of a mobile laboratory (gamete mobile laboratory). This provides for the delivery of assisted reproductive technologies such as synchronization, artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis to farmers in the most remote parts of South Africa.

Participants in the sector also receive one-stop services of readily available database of registered reproduction operators within the department to help with artificial insemination and pregnancy diagnosis. Farmers requiring assistance may contact the Registrar for the Animal Improvement Act, 1998, (Act N0. 62 of 1998), Mr Joel Mamabolo contact number (012) 319 7597/7424 Email: JoelM@Dalrrd.gov.za

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