Dodoma — THE government said on it was surveying the Kitengule ranch in Kagera Region, in order to check recurring land conflicts between pastoralists and farmers in the area.
Livestock and Fisheries Development Minister, Dr Mathayo David, said the survey seeks to enable the government to allocate the land for use between livestock keepers and farmers.
"All is going well with the survey and upon its completion villagers surrounding the ranch will be allocated a portion of the land. The exercise will be completed in the near future," the Minister told the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Dr Mathayo was responding to a question by Karagwe MP Gosbert Blandes (CCM) on what the government was doing to solve the land conflict.
The MP expressed concerns that villagers around the ranch had been longing for suitable land to graze their animals and farm but were held back by lack of land.
In another development, the government admitted that despite being number three in the African continent with huge population of livestock, lives of many livestock keepers were still poor.
The Minister made the remarks in response to a supplementary question asked by Mji Mkongwe MP Ibrahim Mohammed Sanya who challenged the government to borrow a leaf from either Botswana or Ethiopia on how to empower economically livestock keepers.
Dr Mathayo said only three per cent of livestock keepers were adhering to modern livestock keeping with the majority were keeping the animals just for status. "The keepers consider quantity of animals they have rather quality and this is a challenge.
There is a need for more education," the minister explained. He outlined measures being taken by the government to boost the sector as offering training to veterinary officers, constructing modern abattoirs and providing education to pastoralists.