Meat in Nepal, Asia is a luxury item at the kitchen table. With little land and little money to raise cattle, families in Nepal are turning to raising rabbits for food with the assistance of local and international Rotarians.
Steven Lukefahr, professor at Texas A&M University Kingsville, provides technical advice for the Nepal Rabbit Project.
Because "rabbits breed like rabbits" and are easily accessible, families can raise them for food and increase their annual income. Currently, their annual income is around $862 a year.
The project teaches people, mostly women since men are in the city working, how to properly care for the rabbits. Each family gets three does (females) and a buck (male) to start with. Every breeding doe can have four litters in a year with five bunnies in each litter.
Malnutrition is a major problem in Nepal, according to Lukefahr. The country is also controlling population growth.
Families feed themselves and sale the rest to supplement their income.
Richard Hartwig, Director of International Service with the Rotary Club of Kingsville, briefed Alice Rotarians on how his club has helped with the project in Nepal and how they are gearing up of the next international project.