Tanzania Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has pledged to form a special task force to explore problems facing pastoralists throughout the country so that the government can chart strategies on the challenges facing them such as lack of special places for pasture in the country.
Suluhu made the remarks yesterday in Dar es Salaam when she met with leaders of pastoralists union in the country who sought audience with her to voice their challenges and hassles facing them while on their daily activities.
The VP said she had heard their cry and promised that the government would work on their recommendations to end difficulties facing pastoralists in the country.
She however urged pastoralists not to be involved in cheap politics that would hinder the government in its efforts to improve their wellbeing.
She further said that the government was set to form a special task force which will visit various parts of the country including those with serious long time pastoralist-farmers conflicts to chart possible alternatives for their problems solution.
For his part, Tanzania Association of Pastoralists secretary general, Magembe Makoye, while reading the pastoralist joint statement to the Vice President said lack of grazing zones was the main factor contributing to the long time conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, national parks and investors in the country.
He said if local and regional governments all over the country would borrow a leaf from regions of Katavi and Ruvuma which had set aside places for pastoralists and farmers the long time conflicts will be a history.
The secretary requested the government to give pastoralists large farms which were given to investors but were not yet developed so they can use them for grazing their livestock.
He said if the government will give them the land the livestock sector will attract various investors in and outside the country to establish industries to process raw materials from meat and other animal products.