The rabbit is a domestic animal. The rabbit farming is so easy and more productive in short time, so it more benefits to farmers, it requires few investment in that business as they get enough interest.
Experts in domestic animals; rabbit farmers confirm that the rabbits are the easiest animal to rear, rabbits do not require big space and they do not consume much as their feeds.
The rabbits kept in Rwanda are classified according to their breeds like ‘American albino, the checkered giant, Flemish giant and Norfolk’. The rabbit farming are fast productive as it takes 30 to 31day of gestation period on mature rabbit. The production from rabbit farming is much more as the female rabbit can give a birth four times per year. The rabbit once kindling, for a good breed, it can give of 6 to 10 kittens.
The rabbit farming takes the ranges of 6 months to get first kittens as mature age. This makes the farming take the short time comparing to other farming. Rabbit farming is better for their production like white meat in general. The white meat is preferred than the red one according to its nutrients.
The production of rabbit farming is not only for white meat but also the rabbit skin is used in the production of coats and carpets, pelts and urine are used as good fertilizer in crop farming,
Kamaliza Florence, the rabbit farmer in Kamonyi District says that rabbit farming doesn’t requires much capacity and it is high in production so it hastens the development of farmer.
This farming business doesn’t require much time and much investment. Kamaliza started at the end of May with 6 does (female rabbit rabbits) and 1 buck (male rabbit) which she paid only 10,000 Rwf. After 3 months, the does had 46 kittens. Because of few cages (house of rabbit). For her daily life, Kamariza lives alone and doesn’t have other occupation in her life and she needs money, he had an opinions to start selling rabbits, she always has rabbit for her clients. She sells one rabbit 2500rwf.
Kamaliza confirms that the rabbit eats glasses like (kimari, inyabarasanya, rurira….) she emphasizes that the farmer has to maintain hygiene of the shelter of the rabbit and keep them from coldness and avoid heat stress to rabbits.
Ntazinda Jean Nepomscene the young veterinarian insists that rabbit farming doesn’t require much expense. The farmer has to feed the rabbit with warm grass and maintain hygiene. The shelter has to be up from the ground and make sure that there aren’t the ants that can bite the rabbit and prevent them against other predators like dogs and cats.
Alain Celestin Habineza, small-stock animal officer at RYAF said that RYAF has plan to mapping all youth, involved in livestock sector, across the country, in order to see how these young farmers can get support and full advocacy through increasing their capacity building for growing their farms, develop the livestock sector especially in rabbit farming, which offers more opportunities, as well as fighting against unemployment problem in youth and linking them with different investors in the sector, this activities will help us to grouped them into livestock cluster.
From RYAF Commucation Team