Minister directs farmers and pastoralists to conduct activities in

26Jan 2021
Correspondent
Kiteto
The Guardian
Minister directs farmers and pastoralists to conduct activities in
  • designated zones

Livestock and Fisheries minister Mashimba Ndaki has directed farmers and pastoralists in the country to conduct their activities only in the designated zones and stop invading restricted areas so as to avoid unnecessary conflicts.

Livestock and Fisheries minister Mashimba Ndaki.

Ndaki made the directive over the weekend during his tour that aimed to address land conflicts between farmers and pastoralists in the villages of Amei, Loolera, Lesoit and Lembapuri in Kiteto District, Manyara Region.

The minister said that the government has been working very hard to ensure that it allocates enough areas for farmers and pastoralists so as to avoid  conflict between the two groups.

Speaking to farmers and pastoralists in the area, minister Ndaki said that the ministry doesn’t want to see any more unnecessary land conflicts in the areas because  many  of them  were the cause of property destruction and deaths.

“We have set aside special grazing areas for the pastoralists but we also have special land for farming . All these efforts are meant to ensure that both herders and farmers conduct their activities smoothly to improve their incomes. So it is prohibited for a farmer to conduct agricultural activities in  grazing areas or for a herder graze livestock in people’s  farms,” he said.

He wanted farmers who invaded grazing areas in the villages of Amei, Loolera, Lesoit and Lembapuri located in Loolera na Lengatei wards to vacate the areas immediately because they have violated the country’s laws and regulations.        

Manyara Regional Commissioner Joseph Mkirikiti wanted farmers and pastoralists to live in harmony while also respecting each other's boundaries.

“This has been a chronic behaviour  of some farmers who have been repeatedly conducting farming activities  in grazing zones, so I want this to stop immediately because the government treats both farmers and pastoralists equally,” he said.

The regional commissioner wanted village leaders to supervise  the boundaries to ensure that laws are adhered to avoid the conflicts.

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