Acting director, department of animal pasture and resources in the ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Dr Asimwe Rwiguza made the observation in Morogoro when inaugurating the stakeholders pasture highlands conference.
Organised by the consortium of local civil society organisations on climate change (Forum CC) and Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), the event brought together stakeholders in the livestock sector to discuss challenges facing the sector and how to overcome them.
According to him, pasture highlands were the source of animal food in the country and have been providing 98 per cent of the nutrition to livestock.
He also cited the increase of invasive plants in animal pasture highlands as among issues threatening animal health and feeds availability in the country.
In Tanzania, some 4.5 households are estimated to being engaged in livestock keeping and facing a number of challenges including lack of pastures.
“Human activities in the water sources and its infrastructures as well as in animal pastures pose a great threat to animal lives, climate change also stands as a contributing factor to the decrease of animal feeds in the country,” he said.
For his part, Rangeland Society of Tanzania (RST) Dr Ismail Seleman said lives of many Tanzanians depend on resources from pasture highlands especially livestock and wild animal rangelands.
He said that climate change impacts and unsustainable use of animal pasture highlands had continued to pose great threat to livestock.
Forum CC board member, Jackson Muro said the consortium was happy that the issue of climate change has received a good response from both the government and the public whereby efforts had continuously taken to mitigate climate change impacts.
“The issue of climate change is a matter which needs collaborative efforts. Everyone has role to play in the fight against climate change impacts,” he added.