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Tanzania launches national campaign against cattle ticks

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Monday launched a nationwide campaign against ticks that have threatened cattle in the country for many years.

Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina said veterinary medicine worth 150,205 U.S. dollars has been set aside for the first phase of the campaign.

The minister called for the immediate formation of cooperatives as well as a special bank account where the livestock keepers will be depositing their charges.

“The funds should... be saved in an independent bank account,” he said when speaking at the official launch of the campaign in Tanzania’s lake zone district of Chato.

Hezron Nonga, director of livestock services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, said Tanzania faces a challenge of 32 animal diseases including ticks, which has been claiming large number of livestock lives annually.

He said diseases put the livestock sector in a tight corner, taking into account that Tanzania ranks third in Africa in terms of livestock production and cattle population, after Ethiopia and Sudan.

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Aviation watchdog says low-cost airline no longer qualifies to operate in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) said on Monday that Fastjet Tanzania, a low-cost airline, no longer qualifies to operate in the country due to frequent cancellation of flights.

TCAA Director General Hamza Johari told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that the airline also owed huge amounts of money to service providers, including the TCAA.

Johari said Fastjet owed 606 million U.S. dollars to TCAA through provision of services, including security.

He urged all service providers that were owed by Fastjet to send their invoices to the TCAA so that the authority could order the airline to pay its debts.

The TCAA gave Fastjet 28 days to submit its financial and business plans.

Johari said currently the airline had insufficient planes for flights, a situation that had led the airline to lose qualifications to do business in the country.

“We are calling upon people to look for alternative airlines as Fastjet cannot operate,” he said.

             

 

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