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Tanzania Launches a Livestock Modernization Initiative (2015/16-2020/21)

19 October 2015

In July 2015, the President of Tanzania H.E. Jakaya Kikwete launched the Tanzania Livestock Modernization Initiative under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development. The initiative seeks to increase the number of livestock in the national ranches by importing 2000 heads of cattle from Brazil, a move that is seen to be a way of the government incentivizing private investment in a sub-sector that experts sees as a potential for improving livelihoods for the poor. Although the original plan was to import embryos at a lesser cost, the President expressed confidence that the program will commercialize the industry and towards increasing its contribution to the national economy and improving the lives of livestock keepers.



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