• Fast growing sector in Burkina Faso
• With new farming methods
• Importing the Flanders Giant breed can cost 500,000 francs francs francs.
“Rabbit breeding has huge potential. In Burkina, conditions have been created that allow all those who want to learn a profession to enter this sector.” These remarks were made by Cercle des Cuniculteurs (CDC) President Mumuni Simpore during the first Awareness Day on the potential of rabbit breeding. It was held on June 4, 2022 in Ouagadougou with the theme: “Rabbit sector: an opportunity to benefit from all participants”. The purpose of this event was to promote the rabbit breeding sector and share experiences for the benefit of participants and those who aspire to get involved in this sector.
Kuniculture, considered a passion, is a thriving business. Unfortunately, this is very little practiced in Burkina Faso. Thus, in September 2018, the “Cercle des cuniculteurs” (CDC) association was created. It aims to exchange experience and promote the sector. It is in this context that the organization of this day of awareness of the potential of kuniculture falls. The ceremony was chaired by the President of the Circle of Islamic Research, Research and Training (CERFI), Hamidu Yameogo. For him, the image of CERFI is associated with this activity, because it contributes to development in all its dimensions (economic, social and professional). He encourages young people and all participants to be interested in this sector in order to make it a profession.
This activity made it possible to communicate about the rabbits, the breeding conditions in Burkina and the work already done by the association so that the rabbit breeders can work effectively.
Rabbit breeding technique
According to the president of the CDC, rabbits and bunnies should not be mixed. The female is placed alone in a box called the “mother box”. This is the unit of measure for dilution. It is equipped with a set of equipment that allows the breeder to easily feed and remove the animal’s excrement. According to CDC President Mumuni Simpore, this “mother box” technique allows for the control of reproduction. “In terms of reproduction, you have to test the female to take her to the evil to mate before putting her back in the box. The mating day is celebrated to get an idea of the whelping period,” he explained. The female has a gestation period of no more than 31-33 days. The rabbit is weaned one (01) month after birth. After four (04) months of rearing, depending on the breed, the rabbit may weigh at least two (02) kg and is ready to eat. Rabbits are six (06) months old. From this age they can return to breeding. To ensure good growth, it must be fed with specialized pelleted food.
Different types of rocks in Burkina
There are several breeds of rabbits. Indeed, there is the Angora race (characterized by fur), Lion’s Head, Hylas and Papillon. In addition, there is a breed called the Flemish Giant, which is the tallest type of rabbit. This purebred breed in adulthood can reach 12 kg. According to Mr. Simpore, a pair of this breed can cost 500,000 FCFA when imported. His female can give from 5 to 12 rabbits. In addition, there are local breeds that are small, strong and resistant. They are crossed with other breeds to make hybrid breeds. An adult unit of this breed of rabbit can cost 15,000 FCFA.
Booming industry in Burkina
To hear from the president of the CDC, the sector has seen great progress. “Today we have specialized workshops for the production of feed for rabbits, we also have veterinary drugs that can be used to treat rabbits. The Cercle des cuniculteurs provides training to improve the skills of actors. Today we can say that the conditions are more than met so that the actors can do their job well, ”he rejoiced.
“Nothing is lost with the rabbit”
The female gives from 25 to 35 rabbits, i.e. from 50 to 60 kg of meat. It is a nutritious food that is low in fat, lower in cholesterol, and richer than chicken meat. Its urine is a powerful vegetable pesticide. Its manure is an effective fertilizer for arid soils. Its fur is used in jewelry or to make decorative items. It is easy to feed him, he eats little.
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