Experts urged to change strategies to end farmers and herdsmen clashes

06Dec 2017
Edward Qorro
The Guardian
Experts urged to change strategies to end farmers and herdsmen clashes

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega yesterday challenged livestock experts to come up with lasting solutions of addressing intermittent clashes conflicts among farmers and pastoralists in the country.

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega

Opening a three day conference for livestock experts and veterinarian drawn from different parts of the continent, Ulega said the onus was on the experts to come up with sound strategies that will help curb the conflict that was not only destroying homes and properties but also claiming people’s lives.

“Through this meeting its important that you come up with ways that will help our governments do away with such conflicts,” suggested the minister.

The minister also asked the veterinarians to come to the aid of poultry keepers in the event of poultry related cases.

In his rejoinder, the chairperson of Tanzania Veterinary Association (TVA) Prof Dominic Kambarage assured the minister that the body will form a special task force to explore on ways of finding a lasting solution to the intermittent clashes.

According to Prof Kambarage, the team  comprising   livestock experts will submit their first recommendations to the ministry between January and February next year.

“It is our hope that the team will somewhat address the core of the problem with a view of finding the real situation to the problem,” explained Prof Kambarage.

 In the same vein, the TVA Chairperson urged the government to employ more agricultural extension officers in various parts of the country and equip them with motorbikes to enable them reach the country’s far flung areas to provide agricultural services.

Deadly conflicts have been raging in Tanzania for decades as farmers and herders scramble for resources as climate change continues to take its toll.

The worst conflict between pastoralists and farmers occurred in December 2000 in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, where 38 farmers were killed.

Farmer–herder conflicts in Africa are often presented as being driven by ‘environmental scarcity’.

Political ecologists, however, argue that these conflicts should be analysed within a broader historical and policy context.

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