Govt launches Tanzania livestock master plan

11Mar 2019
Gerald Kitabu
The Guardian
Govt launches Tanzania livestock master plan

THE government has launched the Tanzania Livestock Master Plan (TLMP) which is expected to spend about 1.4 trillion Tanzanian shillings in the course of implementing it for a period of five years.

Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina.

The TLMP is geared to address all challenges facing the sectors and hence achieve the Tanzania Development Vision (TDV) 2025. One of the TDV goals is that by year 2025 there should be a livestock sector, which, to a large extent shall be commercially run, modern and sustainable using improved and highly productive livestock to ensure food security, improved income for households and the nation while conserving the environment.

This was said yesterday by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Luhaga Mpina at the launching ceremony of the TLMP held in Dar e Salaam.

He said about 64 percent of the 1.4 trillion will come from the private sector while government contribution is about 36 percent.

The plan is an integral part of Agriculture Sector Development Program (ASDP II).

Minister Mpina said that the TLMP sets out livestock sector investment interventions on improved genetics, feed and water resources, health services, huge investment on industry and factory.

Other interventions are on promotes private sector investments and business environment and hence complementary policy support which will help to meet the sector wide approach programme.

Also the Plan sets to develop and improve red and white meat production, milk and other priority Livestock products.

“I would like to urge the development partners and private sector to join hands with the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to ensure that this plan is effectively and efficiently implemented for the betterment of the livestock sector , the nation and the world as a whole,” he said.

Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlement William Lukuvi emphasized on the need to have land use plan saying the patoralists and the government should work together to address this challenge.

“Don’t expect the government to do each and everything for you. It is impossible. For example, to conduct land use plan for one village is not less than 30m/-, one village in a place like Mvomero in Morogoro Region has 10,000 cattle, if you set aside 100 cattle you can facilitate land use plan and live peacefully,” he said.

Agricultural Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF) commended the government initiative saying it has come at the right time to open different opportunities such as employment.

ANSAF executive director Audax Lukonge said that it was   an important opportunity for the government to continue  creating conducive environment for  important stakeholders and the private sector as well.

He advised the government to review the livestock policy saying the current policy is outdated and need to be reviewed.

“The policy should be reviewed. It should focus on livestock, their owners and the value chain, increase efficiency, link  production and the industries, link the private sector and industries and open employment opportunities.

According to the Minister, Tanzania accounts for about 1.4 per cent of the global cattle population and 11 per cent of African cattle population.  

Tanzania has about 30.5 million cattle, 18.8 million goats, and 5.3 million sheep. Other Livestock include 1.9 million pigs, 38.2 million local chickens, and 36.6 million improved chickens. The livestock sector employs about 50 percent of the population which is equivalent to 4.6  million households who their incomes depend on livestock 

The Tanzania Livestock Master Plan was prepared by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in collaboration with The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

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