By Elias Hakizimana.
Rwanda Veterinary council has said there is need of members’ strong commitment to increase their contributions fees to the council so as to help increase the budget spent on enhancing veterinary services across the country.
The call was made during the general assembly that took place yesterday in Kigali under the theme “Better service delivery”.
Dr Francois Xavier Rusanganwa, the chair person to the council explained that during last year’s budget, the members contributed a little amount of money and committing to the pledge would boost the council’s financial capacity to scale up veterinary services.
He said that members of the council contributed about Rwf18 million out of over Rwf415 million that was needed.
“We need to enhance trainings for the members, we have provided cows, chickens and others to the vulnerable people, we have to prepare special community works, we have to organize different meetings, we have to pay staff and hire more such as auditor all which requires to increase the budget yet members’ contributions fees are still very little since we hugely rely on sponsors and government support,” he said.
He explained that in 2019, the budget will increase from Rwf415 million to over Rwf500 millions of which again members to the council are expected to contribute only Rwf70 million.
There are about 2,500 veterinaries registered in the council, but their contributions fees to the council are still low, he said adding that there are more than 1,000 veterinaries who are yet to register to the council.
Enough contribution fees from a number of members to the council and establishing saving association will help the council to become self-reliance instead of relying on external aid.
The sector allows various business opportunities such as artificial insemination, veterinary pharmacies, clinic for animals, animal surgery, processing of milk and many others.
Emmanuel Nkurikiyineza, the veterinary from Masaka sector in Kicukiro district said the council helps veterinary doctors to share ideas in the practices and issues that need to be solved for their welfare.
“We gain capacity to manage farmers are always seeking veterinary services from us. We still face challenges where farmers always think that veterinary services are for free and for private veterinaries, it becomes difficult to make money. Even those who are employed in vet pharmacies, farms and cooperatives are paid very little salary,” he said.
In the beginning of 2018, the government has harmonized fees charged by veterinary doctors who were claiming that the quality of services they give outweighs the prices they charge in artificial insemination, surgery and others.
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