9,000 keepers from 4 regions benefit from modern keeping

20May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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9,000 keepers from 4 regions benefit from modern keeping

MORE than 9,000 livestock keepers from four regions of Arusha, Tanga, Mwanza and Dar es Salaam are to benefit from the modern livestock keeping that will make the sector productive and contribute to the country’s economy.

Project manager from Farm Radio International, Eliakunda Urio revealed this over the weekend here when speaking at the meeting aimed at setting up strategies that will make farmers get livestock farming education through radio.

Urion said that RFI has been working with farmers in an effort to ensure the beneficiaries get right skills on better animal husbandry practices.

“And this time, we’re going to deal with cattle, poultry, goat and sheep keepers in those four regions. The idea is to make them well informed on animal husbandry and better use of pesticides,” he  said, adding:

“Media will play a key role in ensuring that the beneficiaries and other stakeholders get education on the sector.”

RFI’s assistant officer of radio department, Clara Moita said that education on animal health will be provided for the next six months.

She said that that the project is designed to ensure that livestock keepers venture into modern farming that would ensure high productivity.

A Mwanza-based poultry farmer Betty Masumbigana decried over a wide-range of challenges facing the sector including Newcastle disease is a highly contagious viral disease.

She said that the disease affects all poultry including chicken, ducks, turkeys, pigeons but chicken are the most affected.

“This disease wipes out the chicken flock of an entire village in a few days. I hope this new initiative will help to address this challenge as more experts will be involved.”

TFI’s projects work in Tanzania has addressed a wide range of topics, ranging from legume production and weather advisory services to mental health and political participation.

RFI started in Zambia back in 1975. It was then that a Canadian broadcaster named George Atkins got a simple but powerful idea that would go on to improve the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable farmers.

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