ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania has started re-mapping and demarcating all key national parks, game and
forest reserves with the planting of new beacons around the borderlines of the
sanctuaries, a senior official said Sunday.
The move is
meant to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, taking into accounts that some people
have been encroaching into the protected areas for pastures, poaching and
executing the directives from Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who ordered that
boundaries surrounding all national parks, game and forest reserves to be
clearly identified and beaconed so as to avert future land conflicts and solve
the existing territorial strife between conservationists and villages
surrounding protected areas,” said Paschal Shelutete, Public Relations Manager
for Tanzania National Parks.
He said the
exercise would soon go national to cover 14 out of the 16 national parks, with
the only exception being the Rubondo and Saa-Nane Islands’ National Parks.
set aside nearly 40 percent of the country’s area for conservation and the close
to 400,000 square kilometers of protected land consists of 16 national parks, 25
game reserves and a number of forest reserves among others.
Mwakilema, the Chief Conservator at Serengeti National Park, said the sanctuary,
established in 1959 as the oldest in Tanzania, had its size and borderlines
reviewed in 1968 and the ongoing demarcation is aimed at marking the already
World Heritage Site, Serengeti National Park has been increasingly affected by
human activities in recent years.
Swine fever outbreak hits western Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The African swine fever (ASF) has broken out in the western Tanzania’s district
of Kalambo District, killing nearly 200 pigs, an official said Sunday.
Binyura, Kalambo District Commissioner, confirmed the outbreak of the deadly
disease, saying villagers had been informed on the viral disease.
which has a high mortality rate in pigs, has caused panic in the area where pig
farming has been a booming business.
her office had banned pork business as well as transportation of live pigs in
the district to contain the disease in the area, which is part of Rukwa Region
bordering Zambia and Lake Tanganyika on its western side.
seizing all pigs, which are found roaming around streets as well as ensuring
that all dead pigs are carefully buried,” said Wilbrod Kansapa, livestock
officer in Kalambo District.
that nearly 200 pigs died since the outbreak of the disease early this month and
local communities had been informed of the dangers of eating pork from the
is a booming business in regions located in western Tanzania presently due to
the high demand for pork in major cities like Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania encourages farmers to raise more
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in central Tanzania have embarked on a campaign to encourage farmers
to raise more donkeys to tap the Asian market.
meat, donkey skins are used to produce gelatin that is traded as a traditional
medicine and beauty product in Asia nations like China.
the number of working donkey is estimated at about 250,000.
come for Tanzanian farmers to view donkey as an economic venture, rather than
viewing it as a working animal,” said Osumo Kipisi, a legal officer in charge of
livestock in Tanzania’s capital Dodoma.
the local farmers, who have been concentrating on rearing cattle and goat, were
not well prepared in the face of the rising demands of donkeys.
was not something important in the past as people used to keep the animal for
carrying cargoes and farming. But, now things have changed. Farmers need to
start venturing into rearing the animals because the market is already there,”
the official said.
the need for farmers to put in place better rearing environment that will
increase the number of donkeys.
that a Dodoma-based donkey abattoir slaughters between 150 and 200 donkeys per
day and exports meat to China and Turkey.
abattoir, the price can go up to 200 U.S. dollars per donkey.
acting Dodoma Municipal Director, said they were carrying out a serious campaign
to encourage people to chip-in and rear more donkeys.
“Our role as
authorities is show farmers opportunities. We’re encouraging farmers to look
donkey into economic perspective rather than looking it as an ordinary animal,”
“It is also
high time for farmers to start providing the best welfare for fit healthy
donkeys to meet their expectations,” the official said.
who works with the Arusha-based Meru Animal Welfare Organization (MAWO), said:
“We have been using different platforms including community-based radios to tell
community on the importance of keeping donkeys in secured places with all
important animal welfare practices.”
because a large number of the animals have been stolen from pastoralist
communities of Maasai in Manyara and Arusha regions because people weren’t
taking the animals very serious as they do to cattle and goats,” Lyimo said.
one of the most important problems in promoting donkeys is the lack of knowledge
about their socio-economic status, husbandry and health needs.
39 million donkeys live in the developing world and 36 percent of this number is
found in Africa including Tanzania.