15 May 2013

Tanzania: Park to Construct Sh75 Million Dam for Tarime Village's Livestock

Dodoma — SOME 75m/- has been put aside by the Serengeti National Park Authority (SENAPA) to build a water dam in Gibaso village to support livestock and stop interaction between wild and domestic animals in the park.

The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments (Education), Mr Kassim Majaliwa, told Parliament yesterday that similar projects would be implemented every year until shortage of such dams was done away with in Tarime district.

He said the district has 25 cattle dips in the wards of Nayandoto, Pemba, Genyange, Nyamaraga, Kibasuka, Binagi, Muriba, Susuni,Gorong'a, Komaswa, Manga, Maton, Bomani, Bumera, Kiore, Nyarero, Kemambo and Nyamungu.

He was responding to a question from Tarime lawmaker Nyambari Nyangwine (-CCM), who had said that many livestock keepers in Tarime district were facing a problem of where to water their cattle and wanted to know if there were plans to construct water dams in all the district's wards.

He said wards in the district with water problems included Susuni, Bumera, Mwama, Komaswa, Manga, Kibasuka, Nyarukoba, Gorong'a, Nyangoto, Kamambo, Muriba and Nyamwanga. Mr Majaliwa said the district has a total of 16 drilled dams in the wards of Susuni, Komaswa, Manga, Kibasuka, Nyarukoba, Gorong'a, Nyanungu, Kemambo, Kore and Binagi.

The deputy minister said it was true that there are areas without drilled dams to support livestock, adding that the district council's strategy to confront the challenge is to construct drilled dams for all the wards with livestock through funds from the Agriculture Sector Development Programme.

He said in the financial year 2011/2012,some 45m/- was allocated and used to build two cattle dips in Nyarokoba and Kibasuka wards. The minister said that in the 2012/2013 budget, some 22.5m/- was allocated to build one cattle dip in Mtana village in Manga ward.

The district council,he said, planned to renovate dilapidated cattle dips in Nyamaranga, Nyarero, Pemba, Kemambo, Nyanungu wards in the financial year 2013/2014. He said the Nyamaranga cattle dip has been allocated 10m/-.

He explained that in order for keepers to get where to graze their livestock, the district council has been implementing a land use strategy where all groups should be allotted areas in which to do their work without interference. Mr Majaliwa said all farmers should adhere to the Land Act 1999 in order to avoid land conflicts. He charged district councils with the responsibility to demarcate areas for farmers and livestock keepers.

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