DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The World Food
Programme (WFP) on Saturday appealed to international donors to
support its refugee operations Tanzania.
"In 2019, WFP
is facing a shortfall of 40 million U.S. dollars in its refugee
operations in Tanzania," Michael Dunford, the WFP Representative
for Tanzania, told Xinhua in an interview.
Tanzania currently hosts 285,078 refugees in three camps in
northwest Tanzania. This number fluctuates depending on
emergencies in neighboring countries and repatriation from the
Dunford said donor contributions to WFP Tanzania came in both
the form of cash and in-kind commodities.
"Cash contributions enable WFP to procure some of the food
commodities locally, which helps boost agriculture in the
country," said Dunford.
Apart from buying directly from Tanzania, said Dunford, WFP
also contributed to the Tanzanian economy by using local
companies for the handling, storage and transportation of food
Dunford said WFP food assistance in the camps also includes a
supplementary feeding program to provide additional nutrition
support to pregnant and lactating women, children under five
years old and hospital in-patients.
"In addition, hot meals are served to newly arriving refugees
at transit and reception centers, and high energy biscuits are
provided to those in transit," he added.
Tanzania minister gives
ultimatum to investors in marine parks
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Minister for Livestock and
Fisheries Luhaga Mpina on Sunday issued a one-month ultimatum to
investors who were allowed to put up investments in marine parks
but failed to do so.
"If they fail to put up investments in the marine parks
within one month, their investment permits will be revoked and
their property will be confiscated by the government," Mpina
said on a visit to Mbudya and Bongoyo Islands Marine Parks and
Reserve Units (MPRU) located in the Indian Ocean.
Mpina added that the government of Tanzania would not
tolerate investors who did not keep their word, and who delayed
implementation of the investments despite securing government
The minister said Tanzania’s marine parks and reserves were
exceptionally rich in their diversity of coral, fish, bird and
He said the government established the MPRU to protect and
manage these areas from over fishing, mangrove deforestation,
and coral mining.
Tanzania government halts
issuing new hunting permits to defaulting firms
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania on Sunday announced
that it will not issue new hunting permits to tourist hunting
firms that failed to settle payments with villages in their
areas of activities.
Constantine Kanyasu, the Deputy Minister for Natural
Resources and Tourism, said in the northern tourist city of
Arusha that no hunting permits will be renewed for firms that
defied the regulation.
Kanyasu was reacting after residents of 23 villages in
Longido district had complained that some hunting firms breached
their contracts by failing to settle their dues with local
Speaking during a joint meeting with the minister,
representatives of the 23 villages claimed that about 143,000
U.S. dollars was owed to them by a hunting firm which conducted
hunting activities in their areas but has not been paying the
villages their stipulated dues.
A total of 47 firms have been granted hunting licences in
various parts of the country and they are supposed to pay 25
percent of their earnings from tourist hunting to the
The government would only renew operating licences for
hunting firms and photographic safari firms after they pay their
arrears, which is supposed to be invested in community
development projects, to the villages from previous years’
activities, said Kanyasu.
He warned if a company fails to pay hunting fees to the
villages, then it automatically disqualifies itself from
operating in the country.