Sierra Leone fellow receives training on cattle reproduction in Kenya

African nations exchange knowledge and experience as Kenya hosts fellow from Sierra Leone.

Mr. Sesay prepares a sample for a progesterone RIA An IAEA fellowship and training programme in Animal Production was recently granted to Abdul Rahman Sesay, a Lecturer, in the Animal Science Department of Njala University in Sierra Leone. The fellowship was associated with IAEA TC project SIL/5/006 - Improving N'dama cattle productivity in Sierra Leone. The training programme was conducted from 4th June to 8th August 2006 in Kenya under the supervision of Mr. Douglas Indetie of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). The work was undertaken at the KARI-Lanet National Beef Cattle Research Centre in Nakuru and at the Central Artificial Insemination Station (CAIS) in Nairobi.

The fellowship was a combination of laboratory and field work and visits to local farms and animal production organizations. The major elements of the training programme were the following:

- Breeding and management programmes for improvement in beef, dairy and dual purpose cattle,
- Use of artificial insemination for increased productivity,
- Use of radioimmunoassay (RIA) in early non-pregnancy diagnosis for improving reproductive efficiency,
- Record keeping and its importance in livestock development and - The role of public and private sector partnerships in promoting cattle improvement.

Mr. Sesay prepares a sample for a progesterone RIA Guidance was provided by highly skilled personnel with long periods of experience in the areas of research and commercial livestock production. Facilities at the various centres were adequate, very functional and up-to-date with a well-trained technical staff. The training programme was successfully completed through the able guidance of Dr. Indetie.

The experienced gained was quite relevant for the project under implementation. Kenya, as a developing country, faces constraints similar to most other developing countries in Africa, including Sierra Leone. Kenya's geographic location south of the Sahara provided a very good environment for this particular study, as many of the difficulties imposed by the climate are of relevance in both countries.

Source: Mr. Abdul Rahman Sesay