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
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
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Same District Commissioner, said that the aircraft has been
leased from the Desert Locust Control Organization for East
The aircraft will be
used to spray the birds’ roosters and feeding grounds with an
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
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
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
sensitizing the public on the best ways of taking precautions on
the disease,” said Sintoo.
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
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.