DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- The Tanzania Wildlife Management
Authority (TAWA), a state wildlife management and conservation
body, said on Thursday it has seized more than 60 bicycles that
were used by poachers inside the Selous Game Reserve.
TAWA’s North-West Zonal Chief, said the authority has also
seized 100 metal snares used by poachers to catch wild animals
in the game reserve.
Ngimilanga said the
bicycles and the snares were seized in a special operation and
routine patrols carried out by TAWA game rangers inside the
50,000-square kilometer reserve, home to elephants and other
“We have stepped up
efforts of patrolling the area and in the recent past we also
deployed patrol boats in the Rufiji River crossing in the Selous
Game Reserve for efficiency,” he said.
that poaching, logging and illegal fishing were the common
crimes committed inside the Selous Game Reserve, one of the
largest faunal reserves of the world, located in the south of
He said poachers
inside the Selous were now using long plastic trumpets, commonly
referred to as Vuvuzelas and torches to confuse and ultimately
kill wild animals inside the reserve.
“They’ve designed a
new method of killing our animals but we will continue hunting
the criminals down,” he said.
Ngimilanga said TAWA
will continue engaging local and foreign investors in the area
in a bid to stamp out poaching.
Benson Kibonde, an
official with Mkwawa Hunting Safaris, underscored the importance
of protecting and conserving the Selous Game Reserve due to its
diverse range of species and for being a catchment area for
Kilombero and Rufiji Rivers.
government will soon start producing seeds locally
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The government of Tanzania said on
Thursday it will soon start producing seeds locally in a bid to
stop turning the east African country into a dumpsite of foreign
Charles Tizeba, the
Minister for Agriculture, said the government has started
encouraging Tanzanian investors to start producing the seeds
for the importation will be given a certain time
extension...after that they’ll have to start producing the seeds
themselves,” said Tizeba at the inauguration of the Tanzania
Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) Board of Directors
in Arusha region.
The minister said
Tanzania has vast and fertile land, adding that it made no sense
importing the seeds.
“This has to come to
a stop as we have enough land, water and favorable climate which
can all facilitate seed production in the country,” said Tizeba.
He wondered why most
of the private seed companies continued importing the seeds for
more than 15 years.
Director General Patrick Ngwediagi, said between 60 and 75 per
cent of the imported seeds had conformed to international
He said the
country’s seeds annual demand was 120, 000 tons while supply
stood at 60,000 tons per year.
TOSCI Board of Directors Chairperson, said the Seed
Certification Institute had between March and December last year
issued 1,120 importation and distribution permits to research
institutions and seed companies in the country.
She added the
institution will continue conducting crackdowns on distributors
of fake seeds in the market.
“This will include
deploying seed inspectors across the region and country wide in
its efforts to address the proliferation of fake seeds in the
market,” she said.