The government has announced that all unproductive state-owned ranches would be given to pastoralists.

Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr David Mathayo

Fisheries and Livestock Development Minister Dr. David Mathayo yesterday told Parliament that state ranches which were not utilized would now be given to nearby residents.

The minister was responding to a supplementary question from Michael Laizer (Longido-CCM) who wanted to know why the government was reluctant to give non-productive arable land to the villagers.

“Residents should be allowed to use this land for farming and other productive activities,” he said.

Responding, the minister said the government had already started distributing non-utilized ranches to the residents, citing the example of West Kilimanjaro ranchand some parts of Ruvu ranch.

Responding to the basic question posed by Sylvester Kasulumbayi (Maswa East-CCM), who claimed that pastoralists were being subjected to suffering due to shortage pasture and land for their activities, the minister said that all pastoralists were supposed to adhere to the Land Use Planning Act No. 6 of 2007.

He, however, warned pastoralists to carry out their activities according to available land instead of grazing everywhere.

BY JUDICA TARIMO

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