State Minister in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for Investment and Empowerment, Dr. Mary Michael Nagu has urged district leaders to workout acceptable land use plans in their areas in order avoid frequent conflicts between farmers and pastoralists.
Dr. Nagu made the call at Themi ground in the Arusha City on August 8, 2013 during the climax of the 20th Nanenane exhibition, in which Tanzania Coffee Research Institute emerged to be the first winner.
She said if there is proper land use plan, the pastoralists would not continue to live nomadic life in search of water and pasture, a practice which causes degradation of the environment.
She said that the conflicts have been causing loss of lives and degradation of environment in many areas.
"We do not like livestock keeping being history in our country, but it should go along with farming," emphasized Dr. Nagu.
Dr. Nagu, also a Member of Parliament for Hanang Constituency in Manyara Region warned dealers who sell poor or fake agricultural inputs and implements. She said such practice causes loss as well as famine to the farmers.
She said farming should not only be for subsistence to peasants , but it should also be for obtaining cash particularly by adopting methods of processing in order to increase value.
Dr. Nagu lamented that unscrupulous dealers have been selling seeds which do not germinate or have contacted plant disease. She gave an example the recent maize lethal necrosis disease which occurred in the Northern Zone.
She that the farmers have to accept extension services given by officers adding that legal actions should be taken against the those who cheat farmers.
The Minister advised each district to appoint five university graduates who will be empowered with capital and land in order to start agricultural projects so as to create employment in the country.