The drive to improve the national herd through the artificial insemination programme being undertaken by Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) is being underutilised owing to shortage of bio-technicians to implement it.

Through it is a school of agricultural sciences and technology, CUT early this year rolled out a livestock breeding programme meant to improve the national herd.

The institution has 11 different bull breeds from which they collect semen and have the capacity to produce millions of semen straws.

Sadly, farmers have not been able to derive maximum benefits from the programme, with a senior lecturer at the university, Dr Calvin Gomo confirming a staff compliment challenge.

“we have the capacity to produce millions of semen straws but it’s the actual insemination process which we are not rolling out as demanded by farmers because we only have three people to implement it,” said Dr Gomo.

The problem is also compounded by high transport costs to farming communities in need of the service.