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MPs call for weighing of cows at local auctions

26th June 2010
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Minister of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dr John Magufuli.

Members of parliament have suggested that cows sold at local livestock auctions be weighed in order to benefit livestock keepers, just as it was being done at crop markets.

They said the system will help livestock keepers to sell their animals basing on genuine weights instead of depending on mere guess work.

The legislators made the remarks on Thursday when debating the budget estimates for the ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries tabled by the minister, Dr John Magufuli.

Michael Laizer (CCM-Longido) said that pastoralists have been forgotten for many years compared to farmers.

He said while farmers have been selling their crops by weighing them, the pastoralists were selling their livestock in open markets just by approximation, saying in this way, they were being short-changed.

“It is high time the government ensured weighmachines are installed at livestock open markets so that they can sell their animals basing on actual weights,” he said.

Musoma legislator Vedastus Manyinyi (CCM) said he saw no reason why pastoralists have to sell their livestock without weighing them.

“Farmers' crops are being sold by weighing them …why not livestock?” Manyinyi wondered.

Muleba-North MP (CCM) Ruth Msafiri proposed that a system be establishment to regulate fishing activities in order to conrol and avert overfishing in the country's water bodies.

She said fishermen fished throughout the year without observing fishing rules, thus leading to depletion of fish stocks.

Njombe-West lawmaker Yona Kevela (CCM) advised the government to reduce the price of livestock vaccines in order to enable livestock keepers to afford them.

He proposed that pastoralists also be given loans like farmers.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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