• A booming sector in Burkina Faso
• With new farming techniques
• Importing the “Giant of Flanders” breed can cost 500,000 CFA francs
“Rabbit breeding has tremendous potential. In Burkina Faso, the conditions are met to allow all those wishing to embrace the profession to take off in the sector.” These statements were made by the President of the “Cercle des cuniculteurs” (CDC), Moumoni Sembori, during the first edition of the Awareness Day about Possibilities of Rabbit Breeding Held on June 4, 2022 in Ouagadougou under the theme: “The rabbit sector: an opportunity to seize for all representatives.” The objective of this activity was to strengthen the rabbit sector and share experiences for the benefit of actors and those looking to embark on this sector.
Passion is a thriving business. Unfortunately, very little is practiced in Burkina Faso. Hence the “Cercle des cuniculteurs” (CDC) association was created in September 2018. It aims to exchange experiences and promote the sector. It is precisely in this context that this day is organized to raise awareness about the potential of animal husbandry. The ceremony was presided over by the Head of the Department of Islamic Studies, Research and Training (CERFI), Hamidou Yamyogo. For him, CERFI linked its image to this activity, as it promotes development in all its dimensions (economic, social and professional). He urges young people and all participants to take an interest in this sector to make it a profession.
This activity made it possible to make contacts about rabbits, breeding conditions in Burkina Faso and the work that the association had already done to allow rabbit farmers to operate efficiently.
rabbit breeding technology
According to the CDC chief, rabbits and rabbits should not be mixed. The doe is placed alone in a box called the “mother box”. It is the unit of measurement for education. It is equipped with a set of equipment that allows the breeder to easily feed and clean the animal’s droppings. According to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Momoni Sembori, the “mother box” technology makes it possible to control reproduction. In terms of breeding, you have to check the heat of the female to take her to the evil to mate before you put her back in her box. The mating day is indicated to get an idea of the reproductive period. The gestation period is from 31 to 33 days maximum. The rabbit is weaned one month (01) after birth. After four (04) months of rearing, depending on the breed, a rabbit can weigh at least 2 kg and be ready for consumption. Adult rabbits are six (06) months old. From this age they can return to breeding. To ensure good growth, it should be fed a specialized pellet food.
Different Breed Types in Burkina Faso
There are several types of rabbit breeds. In fact, there is the Angora race (which is distinguished by its fur), the Lion’s Head, the Hellas and the Papillon. Also, there is a breed called Flemish Giant which is the tallest type of rabbit. This pure breed can reach 12 kg in adulthood. According to Mr. Simporé, a couple of this variety can be worth 500,000 CFA francs on import. A female can give from 5 to 12 young rabbits. In addition, there are small, strong and resistant domestic breeds. They are crossed with other breeds to give hybrid breeds. An adult rabbit of this breed can cost 15,000 CFA.
A booming industry in Burkina Faso
To hear the head of the CDC, the sector has seen a lot of progress. “Today we have specialized food production units for rabbits, and we also have veterinary products that can be used to treat rabbits. Cercle des cuniculteurs provides training to build the capacity of the actors. Today, we can say that the conditions have been met rather than allowing the representatives to do their job well.
“With the rabbit nothing is lost”
A doe produces from 25 to 35 young rabbits, which is 50 to 60 kg of meat. It is a nutritious food, low in fat, lower in cholesterol and richer than chicken meat. Uleh is a powerful pesticide for vegetable crops. Its droppings are an effective fertilizer for arid soils. Fur is used in jewelry or making decorative objects. It is easy to feed, eats little.
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