Minister forms taskforce to resolve farmers and pastoralists

09Nov 2018
Correspondent
Kigoma
The Guardian
Minister forms taskforce to resolve farmers and pastoralists

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina has formed a national taskforce to find a lasting solution to conflicts between pastoralists and other land users in the country.

MINISTER for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina

The team which consists of seven people will go around the country and investigate the real causes of the conflicts that have led to deaths of hundreds of Tanzanians.

 

Minister Mpina made the announcement at Mpeta village in Uvinza District, Kigoma Region. saying the government will not sit and watch its people die due to the same challenges that at times are the results of local leaders failing to resolve them.

 

“For how long will we continue with this, for how long our people will continue to die, I have formed this task to work on the matter,” he said.

 

According to the minister, the main causes of conflicts among others includes unregulated land use, invasion of cattle from neighbouring countries and lack of strict law enforcement.

 

The minister mentioned other causes of the challenge as nomadic farming and double allocations.

 

According to the minister in 1967 Tanzania had 11.9 million people and now the population has reached over 50 million while livestock were 22 million according to the 1984 census but now they had reached 57 million and agriculture activities had increased as well.

 

Mpina said apart from the team, he had formed a taskforce involving experts from the various ministries such lands, local government, livestock and the office of the Attorney General.

 

In his remarks, the secretary general for Tanzania pastoralists association Maghembe Makoye commended the minister for the move, saying this will go a long way into ensuring that land conflicts becomes a history in the country.

 

Makoye said most pastoralists are living like immigrants in their own country because they are fined illegally, killed and at times their livestock being confiscated.

 

Land conflicts between farmers and pastoralists have been a common feature of economic livelihoods in Tanzania. Land conflicts have been on the increase and one among the causes for the increasing conflicts over land resources due to the increase  of human population.

 

 

 

Land-use conflict is not a new phenomenon for pastoralists  and farmers in Tanzania with murders, the killing of livestock and the loss of property as  a  consequence of  conflict  featuring   in  the  news  for  many years now.

 Various actors, including civil society organizations, have tried  to  address  farmer–pastoralist conflicts

 through  mass  education programmes, land-use planning, policy reforms and  the development of community institutions.