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World Food Program appeals for further donor
support in refugee operations across Tanzania

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 camps.

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 for refugees.

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.
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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 permits.

The minister said Tanzania’s marine parks and reserves were exceptionally rich in their diversity of coral, fish, bird and plant.

He said the government established the MPRU to protect and manage these areas from over fishing, mangrove deforestation, and coral mining.
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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 authorities.

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 surrounding villages.

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.

             

 

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