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MEDIA LIBRARY
 
12 May 2020

Improvement of animal health with a purpose of increasing animal production and productivity in terms of dairy and meat production is one of the priority areas for Mara and Simiyu regions. This is due to the fact that the two regions are among the regions with high livestock population in the country but when it comes to animal production are among the regions with low animal production and productivity. The project embarked on changing mind set of livestock keepers through a transformative approach where livestock keeper motivators were selected and facilitated on use of improved animal breeds, technology for pasture production, appropriate animal feeding as well as use of veterinary extension services. The project supported construction of cattle shades and procurement of 15 improved cattle breeds from Mugumu Prison Farm in Serengeti district which have been given to four livestock keepers (one in Busega, two in Bunda and one in Butiama districts). The selection criteria included experience in livestock keeping, possession of land for pasture production, availability of water and willingness to meet some of investment and operational costs.

In 2021, the project supported procurement of 5 pure Friesian bulls of 2-2.5 years old from Kitulo farm which are an outstanding best performing breed to upgrade the farmer’s animals for more milk production generation. Kitulo farm is a government farm located in Makete district and is a major and reliable source of quality pure Friesian bulls compared to other government and private owned farms in Tanzania. The farm is supervised by skilled professionals working under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. Establishment of demonstration farms in Mara and Simiyu Regions cost Tshs 34,200,000/=.

Cattle shades for the distributed improved cattle in selected livestock keeper motivators in Busega and Bunda district
Cattle shades for the distributed improved cattle in selected livestock keeper motivators in Busega and Bunda district
Improved cattle breeds at the compound of selected livestock keeping motivation
Improved cattle breeds at the compound of selected livestock keeping motivation
Procured 5 pure Friesian bulls of 2-2.5 years old from Kitulo farm in Makete district
Procured 5 pure Friesian bulls of 2-2.5 years old from Kitulo farm in Makete district