Mozambique: President Nyusi Opens Bovine Embryo Laboratory

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Sunday in Quelimane, the provincial capital of the central province of Zambezia, inaugurated a laboratory for the in vitro fertilization (IVF) of cattle to improve the genetic stock.

The IVF involves taking eggs from the ovaries of a cow with particular traits such as its ability to produce larger quantities of milk or beef. These eggs are fertilised and matured outside the body before being implanted into a cow of a different breed. Thus, one cow can produce many more calves than through conventional means.

The project has the capacity to produce thousands of embryos per year and was financed through a grant of 1.5 million US dollars from the government of the Netherlands.

Speaking to the press after the ceremony, the President stated that “it is clear that the process of training Mozambicans is well underway”. He added, “this is a high-quality laboratory for the production of bovine embryos which will greatly increase the production of meat and milk”.

According to Edson Teimoso, head of Zambezia’s Provincial Livestock Services, over the next four to five years meat and milk production are predicted to grow by seven per cent. He added that it is expected that the project will encourage the growth of small and medium-sized rural businesses.

The laboratory is the first of its kind in Mozambique and uses technologies imported from Brazil. According to Emmanuel Lourenco, the manager of Zambezia Agro Pecuaria In Vitro Mozambique, the method used is one of the best in the world.

During the last day of his four-day working visit to Zambezia province, President Nyusi also opened the new offices of the provincial assembly and of the provincial prosecutor.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique