Category “Livestock”

Namibia: Boran Takes Centre Stage

Windhoek — The display of Boran cattle by Kenyan breeders at the upcoming Okamatapati Industrial and Agricultural show has been greeted with great excitement by communal and emerging farmers of the Ongombe Show Association.

Chief organiser of the event to be held in August in Otjiwarongo, Albert Tjihero, says at least one of the foremost breeders of Boran cattle will showcase these hardy animals and put them up for sale at an auction during the show.

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Kenya: Agro-Pastrolism in Transmara

Pastrolists in Transmara County are embracing diversity and adapting drought resistance crops for food and fodder for the animals. The shift to agriculture is attributed to the harsh climatic conditions that have forced farmers in Transmara to reduce the number of animals so as to grow traditional foods such as sweet potatoes.

Leonard Leina, 25, is now thinking of shifting from pastoralism to dairy farming. Currently Leina is growing fodder in part of his 10 acres of land that he inherited from his father.

” I take care of fodder crops and besides the little that I sell, my two indigenous cows do not eat much of it so I feel I am not utilizing it properly,” said the young beneficiary of the Agricultural Productivity and Climate Change in Arid and Semi-arid lands supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in partnership with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) Kisii.

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Nigeria: Business Booms At World Bank-Assisted Abattoir in Kaduna

The Kaduna Modern Chicken Abattoir was built by the World Bank several years ago. To ensure that good work was done, officials of the bank brought the contractor and supervised the project to its completion, including generator installation.

This abattoir has gone a long way in meeting the needs of Kaduna residents and visitors alike as people visit there for suya; roasted, fried chicken, as well as other edibles, usually garnished with pepper and other condiments. It is also a ready market for people who wish to give their families a good treat and those who want to entertain important visitors.

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Uganda: Belgium Gives Sh6 Billion for Uganda’s Cattle Corridor

Belgium has offered 2m Euros (Shs 6.8bn) towards efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change on thousands of farmers in Uganda’s cattle-corridor.

Natural disasters such as floods and long spells of drought, have contributed to diminishing crop and animal productivity in the corridor over the recent years. The cattle corridor includes Ankole sub-region, Sembabule, Luweero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Mubende and Kiboga, among others.

The Belgian aid will go to a project which is in line with the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) programme, initiated by the agriculture and Water ministries. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will directly supervise the implementation of the Belgium-funded aspects in these districts.

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South Africa: Help for Farmers in Overgrazed Areas

The government has unveiled an Animal and Veld Management Programme to provide support for farmers working in parts of South Africa that have historically suffered from overgrazing.

The programme, launched by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti in Msinga village in KwaZulu-Natal last week, will also help with soil rehabilitation, spatial decongestion and re-greening of the environment.

It is one of a number of initiatives aimed at reversing the legacy of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act, which led to the congestion of the majority of black people into 13% of the land, resulting in overcrowding and overgrazing in communal areas.

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Tanzania: Hide, Skin Smuggling Cripples Local Industries

SMUGGLING of hides and skins is denying the domestic investors the required raw materials for sustainable production of leather products.

Reliable sources have it that premium prices offered by some neighbouring countries have fueled the malpractice, creating acute shortage of raw materials for the local factories.

Leather Association of Tanzania (LAT) Executive Secretary Joram Wakari, speaking with the Daily News at the ongoing 37th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), said smuggling of the animal products to the neighbouring and Asian countries remains rampant.

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Namibia: Boost for Cattle Marketing in Caprivi

Katima Mulilo — Livestock sales could be boosted significantly in the Caprivi Region after the refurbishment of the Katima and Kopano quarantine camps, which cost over N$7 million.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment was funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-N) that has so far spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Namibia on tourism, cattle farming, crop farming and education. The upgraded quarantine facilities under the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry were inaugurated by the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Permanent Secretary Joseph Iita. The upgrading work began in April last year.

Iita said since livestock farming contributes significantly to the livelihoods of many residents, it is only befitting that livestock marketing facilities should be improved. “Over 80 percent of the population in the Caprivi Region derive their livelihood from agriculture and livestock contributes more than 70 percent of the income. The cattle census in the Caprivi Region stood at 140 000 in 2012. Some 12 000 cattle are slaughtered annually through the Meatco Katima Mulilo Abattoir and farmers earn in excess of N$26 million,” said Iita.

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