Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega said yesterady in the National Assembly when responding to a question by Special Seats MP, Sikudhani Chikambo (CCM).
In addition, he said, in the 2018/2019, the government has increased 2,500 hectares in its farms for the production of animal feeds.
Earlier, the Member of Parliament (MP) had explained that the population in the country is increasingly in line with the growing demand for land for agriculture and livestock farming.
He, therefore, wanted to know the government’s plan of building capacity for farmers and pastoralists to boost productivity.\
Responding, the deputy minister told the House that the government, through the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has been providing education awareness to pastoralists on the best farming and production of animal feeds through study farms.
Such education, according to him, would build the pastoralists productive farming as well as developing pasture in designated areas. “The purpose of providing such education, he said, aimed at ensuring pastoralists are abandoning migratory farming and settling in one area with improved pastures,” he said.
The deputy minister explained further that his ministry has planned to provide reference trainings to pastoralists and extension officers across the country on the best farming practices that depend on size of available land.
He said that already such trainings had been conducted in Simanjiro District Council at Manyara and Kaliua Council in Tabora and would be conducted in phases in all the councils across the country.
In addition, the deputy minister said, the government has continued with efforts to help pastoralists in eliminating water problems for livestock by digging 1,381 wetlands and 103 wells in various councils in the country.