From a Correspondent in Morogoro, 29th December 2011 @ 12:04, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3619
RUFIJI Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) is planning to introduce awareness campaigns to farmers in Morogoro Region to help livestock keepers learn on the best practices.
This was said by the RUBADA Director General Mr Aloyce Masanja when talking to journalists recently, after a seminar on 'Kilimo Kwanza' and Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) for Morogoro Rural councillors.
He said that the authority has decided to venture into the initiative because of poor livestock keeping techniques that have been a root cause of many conflicts and therefore retard development in the region.
He said that it is high time now that livestock keepers especially in Kilosa District abide by modern techniques and avoid conflicts between farmers and pastoralists.
“RUBADA will make sure that livestock in the district are reduced to a manageable number as explained in the 'Kilimo Kwanza' and SAGCOT objectives,” he said.
He said RUBADA is not fighting against people with big number of cattle but the idea is to ensure there is a control that would match with the grazing land.
He noted that as a way of implementing 'Kilimo Kwanza,' the authority has started camps involving youths who are engaged in agriculture.
“We will demarcate land for livestock keepers but with a provision that they will reduce their animals,” he explained.
He said that the authority will not hesitate to take legal measures to anyone who will act as a stumbling block to the government’s initiative to reduce livestock.
He said the area under RUBADA has been categorized into six clusters for a better management and 'Kilimo Kwanza' implementation though SAGCOT. He named the clusters as Rufiji, Kilombero, Ihemi, Mbarali, Ludewa and Sumbawanga.
Of all the six clusters, it is only Sumbawanga that is not located in the Rufiji Basin. The one-day seminar was prepared by RUBADA.
SAGCOT is one of the government’s initiative and an integral part of 'Kilimo Kwanza' vision which seeks to attain green revolution.
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