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Tanzania tourist products lure more visitors at ITB Berlin

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania stand at the ongoing 2017 tourism showcasing event of Internationalle Tourismus Borse (ITB) continues to attract many visitors following the display of key tourist products including the excavated Laetoli footprints of early humans.

Devota Mdachi, managing director of Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) said on Thursday that a Laetoli footprint of early humans is one of many tourist destinations available in the country, which shows that the origin of humans being is in Tanzania, an important historical phenomenon.

“This alone a great tourism icon for our country that we are proud of,” Mdachi said in statement made available here.

According to her other legendary tourism icons of Tanzania include Mount Kilimanjaro—Africa’s highest peak, annual wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro crater located northern part of the country.

“The hominin footprints and its unique history have impressed more visitors who have been flocking into our pavilion and have shown a keen interest to witness the abundant tourism attractions Tanzania is endowed with,” Mdachi said.

“The Laetoli footprints as it is the case for the fossil discovered in Olduvai Gorge provides convincing evidence of early human in Tanzania, and we are pleased that the displayed excavated footprints and drawings have been attracting a number of expo visitors to our stand. This is the truth that we want people around the World to know,” she noted.

Tanzania has this year registered 61 private and public institutions showing up in the Tanzania pavilion under the coordination of Tanzania Tourist Board.

Institutions from private sectors include tour operators, travel agents, hoteliers and so on, whereas from public sector are Tanzania Tourist Board, Tanzania National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, National Museum and Zanzibar Commission for Tourism.

ITB which is the biggest tourism event in the world kicked off on Wednesday in Berlin, Germany and is expected to end on Sunday.

According to organizers, the event has this year attracted about 187 countries from all over the world.



Tanzania to deploy aerial bird control to save rice

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania plans to conduct an aerial bird control operation at Ndung’u Irrigation Scheme in the country’s northern district of Same in an effort to wipe out quelea birds in the area.

Rosemary Sitaki, Same District Commissioner, said that the aircraft has been leased from the Desert Locust Control Organization for East Africa (DLCO-EA). 

The aircraft will be used to spray the birds’ roosters and feeding grounds with an avicide.

The official said that so far the birds have destroyed over 600 hectares of paddy in the area located on the slopes of Pare Mountain ranges located some kilometers from Mount Kilimanjaro-Africa’s highest peak.

According to Sitaki, the DLCO-EA plane landed in the area two days ago and is to start its operation of killing the birds soon after the arrival of experts from the Tanzania’s ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries.

She said that the new intervention is meant to rescue thousands of farmers who are threatened by Quelea birds, which have stormed the area for the past three weeks.

With 680 hectares and over 2,500 smallholder farmers, Ndung’u irrigation scheme produces thousands of tonnes of rice, to feed the northern part of Tanzania and neighboring Kenya.

“Rice is the lifeline for many people in the area as they depend on it for income and food security. So, the birds’ invasion threatens the survival of smallholder farmers in the area,” the official said.

It is estimated that an average quelea bird eats around 10 grams of grain per day—roughly half its body weight—and a flock of two million can devour as much as 20 tonnes of grain in a single day.

With an estimated adult breeding population of at least 1.5 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the agricultural losses attributable to the quelea are in excess of 50 million U.S. dollars annually.


36 infected with anthrax in northern Tanzania

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- AT least 36 residents have contracted anthrax in Tanzania’s northern district of Hai after eating the carcass of a cow, authorities said Thursday.

Reports from the area show that the victims presented themselves to the district hospital and regional referral hospital with all the symptoms of anthrax including swollen eyes, lesions on the face, hands, cheeks and fingers.

Elias Machange, head of livestock and fisheries department at Hai District Council, Kilimanjaro Region, said that the disease was reported few days ago when people in the area ate meat from a cow which had all the symptoms of anthrax—a serious illness caused by a microbe called bacillus anthracis that lives in soil.

“This is so because people in the affected villages have a tendency of eating meat which wasn’t approved by the responsible authorities. That’s why it is important for people to eat meat which have been approved by the responsible authorities,” Machange said.

Yohana Sintoo, Hai District council executive director also confirmed the outbreak of the disease, saying it had affected three villages of Sanya Station, and Tindigani in Kia ward and Nkwasira village in Masama West ward.

“It is true all the patients were rushed to the district hospital and others to the regional hospital,” he said, adding that some of them were discharged soon after recovering.

The official said that so far a team of health experts have been dispatched to the affected villages.

“They are sensitizing the public on the best ways of taking precautions on the disease,” said Sintoo.

Helga Mchovu Chairman of the Hai District council suggested the need for the government to carry out regular vaccination on livestock to address such challenges.

Last April, Rombo District was one of the districts in Kilimanjaro Region hit hard by the disease, which claimed one life and many others were infected.

Anthrax spores are spread by dust, carrion-eating birds and grazing animals, causing fever and rapid death. Humans are normally infected only by handling the carcasses, skins or wool of infected animals.



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