Lazaro Nyalandu, Natural Resources and Tourism deputy minister
The government has devised means of addressing the threat of destructive wild animals by establishing rangers’ posts in the buffer zones.
Natural Resources and Tourism deputy minister Lazaro Nyalandu told the National Assembly on Thursday in Dodoma that the move is meant to reduce elephant incursions in areas close to game reserves or national parks.
“We have discovered that effective wildlife management is that which involve local communities living along those areas. So, these rangers’ posts are aimed at reducing inconveniences caused by destructive wild animals,” he stated.
He however revealed that the government spent Tsh26m during the 2011/12 financial year to compensate people whose crops were destroyed by jumbos in Karagwe District, Kagera region.
He explained that compensation exercise involved 277 people whose farms were destroyed by jumbos.
“During that period a total of 605.50 hectares of farms were destroyed by wildlife in the district,” Nyalandu said, when responding to a question by Biharamulo West MP, Dr. Anthony Mbassa, who wanted to know the number of people compensated.
The ministry has been giving 25 percent of total revenue collected from tourist hunting in game reserves of Burigi, Kimisi and Biharamulo each year, the deputy minister noted.
“Between 2001 and 2012, a total of 24, 985,527/- was given to districts surrounding game reserves for community development,” he further noted.
Tourist hunting companies generate about US$5,000 in hunting fees annually, and a portion of it is used also for community development.
The ministry has also managed to build rangers’ posts to control wildlife from getting into farms in Nyakakika ward, Karagwe district.
“The decision was made to reduce inconveniences from havoc caused by destructive wildlife,” he said, adding that from 2005 and 2012 the government spent over 1.2m/- as payment to eight people in Ngara and Karagwe districts.