By Azania Post Reporter
AN investor who was allocated a hunting block at Kigosi East in Kigoma has failed to generate income and pay for the services to the district authorities because the area was invaded by livestock.
This was said in a Parliament over the weekend by the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Japhet Hasunga, when responding to a question by Augustino Masele, Mbogwe legislator (CCM).
The MP had wanted to reasons which make the management of hunting block fail to pay loyalty to district authorities.
Responding , Deputy Minister Hasunga, said every hunting company which have been allocate a block must contribute 25 percent of their income to the responsible district authority.
Unfortunately the Kigosi East hunting block failed to do so because there was no wild animals to hunt, instead it was invaded by cows, he said.
Hasunga urged livestock keepers not to keep their herds of cattle in reserved areas since the government would confiscate them
Recently Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS) launched an operation to remove cattle living in reserved areas
The operation known as as ‘remove livestock out of national reserves,’ outlaws trespassing and grazing any livestock into the government restricted areas in order to preserve their natural resources.
It states that it is an offence contrary to Sections 26 (N) and 84 (1) of the Forest Act No 14,2002 to trespass and graze any form of an animal in the government reserved area.
However in a move to increase income to the government coffers the Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources, Dr Khamis Kigwangallah, suspended with immediate effect, all hunting block licences, including those issued in January, pending a new arrangement to be devised by the government to auction the blocks, instead of the current procedure under which hunters pay royalties.
The minister has also given the ministry a 60 day ultimatum to devise and finalise more just, fairer and profitable procedures before the coming hunting season in January, 2018.
“Under the powers conferred upon me by the Tourism and Natural Resources Act Number five of 2009, I am suspending all the hunting block licences pending new arrangements to be devised to auction the blocks,” the minister said.
Speaking to various stakeholders in the tourism and natural resources industry in Dodoma, Dr Kigwangallah said the new measures were meant to ensure that the country benefited more from the available natural resources.
He also said his decision was in line with the implementation of the five- year development plan which stipulated clearly on page 94 that the government must abandon the current arrangement and adopt a new move to auction the hunting blocks to get more revenue.