By Azania Post Reporter
MOROGORO regional authorities in Eastern Tanzania will impose a penalty of up to ten million shillings for any livestock keeper who will fail to brand animals (cows) with hot stamp during an ongoing exercise.
Speaking to Azania Post in an exclusive interview, the Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr. Steven Kebwe, said the law permit him to impose such penalty on all livestock keepers who would not adhere to the legislation.
“The animal recognition act of the year 1992 imposes a hefty fine for all people who would deny to stamp their livestock, I urge to speed up the exercise,” he said.
Narrating , he said it is very difficult to identify unbranded stolen cows which in most cases are shifted to neighboring countries
He also said that the region is expecting to brand more than 600,000 livestock in an exercise to be carried on more than three weeks.
However, most of the livestock keepers are not happy with the exercise which also carried in other regions, saying that were not involved from initial stages. Apart from involvement, they say the exercise it’s too costly.
According to Secretary General of Tanzania association of livestock keepers, Maghembe Makoye, the exercise has a number of challenges including payment for the service.
He added that another challenge associated with the exercise included restricting the animals which will be marked from entering into other villages for auction.
It was reported recently that Rwanda National Police has handed over 26 cows that were stolen from Tanzania, a few days after a tip off by residents in Kirehe district.
The cows were stolen from Ngara district in Tanzania by unidentified cattle hustlers and transported to the Rwandan side through a land border.
Cross – border security operations between Rwanda and Tanzania were reinforced since last month.
Rwanda and Tanzania police forces met on March 4, 2017 to enhance their collaboration on cross-border security and agreed on various policing issues between borders of the two countries.