Tanzania on Tuesday launched a 15-day nationwide crackdown on cattle from neighboring countries entering the east African nation’s pastures.

Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina made the announcement at the official launch of the crackdown in Mwanga, a district in northern Tanzania.

The crackdown aimed at identifying and seizing cattle penetrating into Tanzania from as far as Kenya, the minister said.

According to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, an estimated 30 percent of livestock pastures in the country are consumed by cattle from neighboring countries.

In recent years, thousands of cattle have been entering the country illegally, posing a serious environmental threat, Mpina said.

“These measures we are taking are geared at protecting our cattle from animal diseases,” the minister said, noting an influx of cattle from outside the country is also attributed to the long-lasting conflicts between farmers and livestock keepers.

Mpina said an ongoing animal branding exercise is meant to identify all the livestock in the country and differentiate them from those from neighboring countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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