Animals and Fisheries Sector
Animal and Fisheries sector under agriculture with animals contributing over 8.8% to the economic growth of the country. The current animal population consists of 991.697 cattle, 518,458 sheep, 1,278,227 goats, 332,257 pigs, 449,263 rabbits and 2,904,074 chickens 2010. The fishery has not yet contributed much to Rwanda’s GDP. This is due to inadequate replenishing of fish in the lakes and a resultant low output. Fishing is conducted by various cooperatives and associations.
The ministry is responsible for initiating, developing and managing suitable programs of transformation and modernization of agriculture and livestock to ensure food security and to contribute to the national economy.
RARDA is responsible for coordinating the livestock sector including the beekeeping subsector. RARDA was mandated to implement capacity development services and improved coordination within animal resources.
The functions are summarized as follows;
- Implementing the national animal resources policy.
- Providing improved technology and extension services to farmers and other players in the sector.
- Providing farmers and individuals dealing with animal products improved technologies so that animal products fetch more on the market.
- Combating monitoring and controlling animal diseases and putting in place measures that will ensure diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases including those that are transmitted to man.
- Coordinating activities of professionals involved in farming activities and other partners dealing with products of animal origin.
- Training farmers so that they are able to play a more significant role in their profession and in national development.
- Coordinating activities aimed at improving animal resources so that they can complement each other.
- Collecting, analyzing and providing information and data on animal diseases and products of animal origin at the national level.
- Implementing laws and regulations related to animal resources.
Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for ensuring protection and conservation of the environment, optimal and rational utilization of natural resources for sustainable national development.
It is obliged to do formulation of Water resources management policy, strategic planning, coordination, quality assurance, monitoring, evaluation and capacity building and to put in place legal and regulatory framework
The information under the Animal and Fisheries sector is organised as follows;