Caesar Abagali, GNA
Tamale, Oct. 02, GNA - Dr Ayamdooh Evans Nsoh, the Acting Northern Regional Officer of Veterinary Services, has advised veterinarians to make judicious use of technology to make their work more effective and efficient to meet the veterinary needs of farmers.
He said it was important farmers, especially those in the hinterlands with scarce resources, benefitted from the services of veterinarians to increase their productivity.
Dr Nsoh gave the advice at the weekend in Tamale during the closing ceremony of a one-week training of trainers on; “Veterinary Practice Advisory” for veterinary technicians, organised by Cowtribe, an AgriTech Firm connecting farmers with veterinarians in Tamale as part of the Veterinary Practice Advisory Programme launch.
He said farmers were losing lots money to preventable animal deaths due to the scarce and acute shortage of veterinary services and stressed the need for strengthening veterinary services to help mitigate the impact of climate change on farmers whose livelihood depended largely on livestock.
He said business models were key elements needed to make the work of veterinarians more effective to improve income levels and advised participants to implement and share experiences from the training to increase productivity.
Mr Peter Awin, the Chief Executive Officer of Cowtribe, said capacity development activities were at the core of the organisation and explained that Cowtribe developed a programme dubbed; “Veterinary Practice Advisory (VPA),” aimed at improving the quality of services delivered in the livestock sector.
He said participants were trained in Training Design, Experiential Learning Cycle, Inclusive Business, Training Evaluation and Defining Learning Objectives and assured that the VPA would be replicated across the country.
The Dutch Embassy in Ghana funded the training while a team of consultants from MDF West Africa facilitated it.
Cowtribe Technology Company is an Agritech company that leverages mobile technology tools to deliver animal health services to farmers.
It prioritises three main areas towards revolutionising the livestock sector namely; provision of business and technical capacity building training for livestock service providers and inputs dealers, provision of technology (hardware and software) to support the works of service providers, and advocacy on livestock policies at the local, national and international levels.
Cowtribe has developed a cloud platform to make veterinary services more efficient and effective and has more than 25,000 subscribers after the launch of its platform in May 2016.