To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

August 14, 2011

Tanzania to improve livestock sector

The move to train farmers in modern livestock keeping is probably one of the government’s most welcome initiatives. It is also long overdue.

With 18.5 million head of cattle, 3.6 million sheep and 13 million goats, Tanzania ranks third in livestock keeping in Africa after Ethiopia and Sudan.

Our huge livestock population notwithstanding, the country has had little to show for it. Tanzanians drink the least milk compared to people in other East African countries. Most of our households consider meat a luxury, to be eaten only during special occasions. Many of our livestock keepers have continued, over the years, to value numbers rather than the quality of their animals.

With only 2.4 million cattle, 2.3 million goats and 370,000 sheep, Botswana boasts higher animal product exports than Tanzania.We have to address quality concerns if we are to compete effectively.

According to Livestock minister David Mathayo, the government will, in the 2011/12 financial year, train 5,000 livestock keepers on quality animal husbandry. That is the way forward, for huge numbers of animals are not only a burden to pastoralists but they are also ruinous to the environment.

Tanzania has the potential to be a global animal products exporter, but that will be realised only when our livestock keepers are informed on improved methods of tending to their animals.

The Citizen

Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by Ourblogtemplates.com

Back to TOP