Ministry unveils achievements recorded in 100 days of President Samia

05Jul 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ministry unveils achievements recorded in 100 days of President Samia

THE Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has unveiled several achievements recorded within 100 days since Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as the sixth President.

Improved cattle breed key in developing the country's livestock sector. File Photo

The activities were lined up to be executed in the 2020/2021 financial year and most of those tasks were based on President Samia's directives in various forums to improve the livestock and fisheries.

Minister in the portfolio, Mashimba Ndaki said during the 100 days, the ministry is building two deepwater wells in Iringa District Council (Usolanga) and Mpapa (Manyoni). Its construction has reached 70 percent and 30 percent respectively.

The ministry has rehabilitated three dams of Chamakweza (Chalinze), Kimokoua (Longido), and Narakauo (Simanjiro).
According to Ndaki, the ministry has set aside 32,044.21 hectares of land for grazing in three districts of Tanganyika, Nsimbo and Mlele.

"During this period, the government has provided training and licensing to 340 butchers in Dar es Salaam's Kinondoni and Temeke abattoirs. We've also provided equipment to 34 skin inspectors in Mwanza, Simiyu, Shinyanga and Mara regions.

The idea here is to ensure that skins/hides meet standards needed by industries," he said.

“The Magena livestock market in Mara Region has been opened to facilitate livestock trade between Tanzania and Kenya. Also, the construction of the Buzirayombo secondary livestock auction in Geita Region has reached 50 percent. The aim is to improve livestock trade within and outside the country,” he said.

According to Minister Ndaki, a total of 146 indigenous cattle in Iringa Region and 152 cattle in Singida Region were analyzed to identify and maintain indigenous cattle breeds.

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (Livestock Sector) on behalf of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Ministry of Agriculture, Zanzibar's Ministry of Irrigation, Natural Resources and Livestock met and agreed to develop practical cooperation at departmental and institutional levels under those Ministries to strengthen the sector on both sides of the union so that they can contribute more to economic growth and human development.

So far, Tanzania has 33.4 million cattle; 21.3 million goats and 5.65 million sheep, more than 1.85 million pigs, 47.4 million indigenous poultry and other non-conventional species such as donkeys and rabbits.

On fisheries, the minister said: “The fishing industry is one of the economic sectors in the country. Fishing activities contribute to food security, nutrition, income generation, poverty reduction, foreign exchange and contributing to GDP."

Some of those achievements are the completion of the construction of three offices of Fisheries Management Groups (BMU) in Pangani (Kipumbwi), Mkinga (Zingibari), and Bagamoyo (Dunda) districts, the minister said.

Other achievements include improving the enabling infrastructure for fishing activities by commencing the construction of six fish markets in Lake Victoria Zone, construction of the Mbamba Bay-Nyasa fish market in Ruvuma Region, and plans to rehabilitate Ferry international fish market in Dar es Salaam starting this month.

The government has set aside 50bn/- in the 2021/2022 budget for the construction of the Fisheries Port in Mbegani - Bagamoyo area;

The launch of the Gender Desk in the Fisheries Sector to enable women to participate effectively in the blue economy through the Fisheries Sector and new Regulations for the Management and Development of deep seas fisheries have been prepared and published in Government Gazette no. 334 dated April 23, 2021;

The ministry is also promoting investment opportunities available in the fishing industry through national conferences comprising guests from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the People's Republic of China, and the United Arab Emirates.

“In addition, this led on June 22, 2021, for the first time the Deep Sea Fishing Authority (DSFA) to collect a total of US $ 800,000 equivalent to 1.84bn / - payment for deep seas fishing licenses for 22 vessels after foreign ships to stop taking Tanzanian licenses in 2017/2018 caused the government to lose revenue and DSFA to fail to operate itself,” he said, adding:

“We’ve purchased twelve boats and six engines for strengthening the protection of fishing resources,” he said.

According to Ndaki, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) has successfully enabled 100 fishermen in the Indian Ocean coast to fish effectively by providing them with information on marine fish stocks.

DSFA completed the preparations and enabled the Ministers responsible for the United Republic of Tanzania and Zanzibar Fisheries Sector to sign the New Seas Fisheries Regulation and Development Regulations of 2021 and came into force on April 23, 2021.

The authority has completed the protection of fishery resources and illegal fishing-related activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which it manages by using its ship tracking systems were on April 23, 2021 it captured and secured the Hg boat flying the Iranian flag containing 859.36 kilograms of drugs.

To take advantage of the Blue Economy opportunities through the aquaculture industry, the government has allocated 18bn/- which will be used to build, rehabilitate and expand infrastructure in six aquaculture development centers in Mwamapuli (Tabora), Ruhila (Ruvuma0, Kingolwira (Morogoro), Nyengedi (Lindi), Machui (Tanga), and Rubambagwe (Geita).

This measure will help alleviate the problem of shortage of quality fish fry by increasing production from 2 million chicks to 8 million per year, improving the provision of extension services especially providing practical training to at least 3,000 people to encourage and enable fish and other aquaculture productively and profitably and expand the scope of extension services, as well as establishing 40 demonstration fish farms to be managed by youth and women's groups.

“This is the beginning of the implementation of the ambition of having demonstration farm in every council across Tanzania to promote fish farming for improved nutrition, income generation and economic growth.”

The minister said that in order to encourage the development of marine living resources, seaweed farmers in the Mkinga (Tanga) and Mchinga (Lindi) areas as well as Bagamoyo - Coastal reef breeders have purchased equipment worth 15m / - to increase production.

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