ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is expected to
auction 12,467 pieces of hippopotamus teeth weighing
3.58 tonnes on January 29, official said on Tuesday.
Wakibara, Acting Director General of the Tanzania
Wildlife Authority (TAWA), said in a statement that the
auction will be held in collaboration with the country’s
Natural Resources and Tourism Ministry.
statistics from the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES),
since the trade began in 1975, over 770,000 kg of hippo
teeth have been traded internationally. And it is
estimated that over 75 percent came from two East
African countries: Tanzania and Uganda.
said that the auction is to be held in the nation’s
commercial capital Dar es Salaam on January 29, and the
exercise will be supervised by the Ministry of Finance
is restricted to accredited traders with the first-class
license offered in 2017,” a TAWA official said.
informed that interested buyers will be entitled to
initial payments of at least 25 percent of the total
cost on the same day and settle the remained balance
within 14 days.
conducted a countrywide census on hippopotamus in 2001
and the result showed there were 20,079 of them.
issuance of permits for export of hippo teeth was
suspended since 2004 with exception of those obtained
through sports hunting.
International Union for Conservation of Nature, which
monitors the conservation status of species, classifies
hippos as vulnerable because threats of illegal,
unregulated trade in their teeth, demand for their meat,
and habitat loss are likely to continue.
intend to re-introduce coffee farming
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in southwestern
Tanzania’s region of Rukwa is planning to re-introduce
coffee farming in a move to create sustainable income
for farmers who are currently relying on maize, the
cereal crop whose price is unpredictable.
Wangabo, Rukwa Regional Commissioner, said Monday: “We
have started encouraging farmers to start planting
coffee as an alternative crop from maize.”
that this crop will transform people’s livelihoods in
this area, which has all conditions that favor coffee
production,” Wangabo said after inspecting a coffee farm
in Kalambo District, Rukwa Region.
him, historically, almost all districts in the region
were growing coffee, but due to poor investment, the
crop disappeared with farmers focusing more on food
He said that
it was high time for the farmers to embark on producing
the crop for them to improve living conditions.
urged agriculture experts to work on educating the
farmers on proper ways of growing the crop for better
Commissioner said that Rukwa region has a good weather
that also allows growing avocados but the challenge is
low awareness among farmers.
that, as the country industrialization drive rallies
more on the availability of raw materials, so farmers
should grab the opportunity and invest their efforts in
farms for their development.
a great role in the industrialization agenda. They are
the ones who are supposed to increase production of both
food and commercial crops to feed the industries that
will be established,” he said.
a farmer from Kalambo district, called upon authorities
to train farmers on better farming methods to produce
quality raw materials that will meet the demands of the
missed here is lack of skills and knowledge on how to
beneficially grow the crop,” he said.