The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry of Livestock has commended the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) for taking the necessary steps that will help bring about a secure pasture for pastoralists and farmers in the country.
The compliments were given on April 21, 2021 in Morogoro region by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Mashimba Mashauri Ndaki while opening the Pasture Day activities organized by the Rangeland Society of Tanzania (RST)
Minister Ndaki explained that Sokoine University of Agriculture through the InnoveAfrica Project which focuses on promoting Brachiaria grass farming as an alternative way to get better food for livestock, have begun to take major steps in pasture production in the country a move that will go a long way in alleviating the shortage and conflicts between land users and increasing access to quality animal feed.
He added that pastoralists should be encouraged to protect Rangeland's resources and improve them by planting a variety of pastures.
At the event, Hon. Ndaki promised to visit the producers of Brachiaria pastures in Rungwe in Mbeya region and urged Rungwe council experts who accompanied the producers to increase the number of producers of these pastures.
The Rangeland Society of Tanzania (RST)
Rangeland Society of Tanzania (RST) was registered in 2005 as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a core objective of bringing together scientists, professionals, and stakeholders working in the fields of Range Science and Management, Livestock Science and Production, Land use Planning, and related disciplines. The organization has 170 registered members actively conducting research and outreach activities in different topics such as rangelands development and sustainability, dry land management, Rangeland biodiversity and conservation, wildlife-livestock interaction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, pasture establishment, land degradation, land conflict resolutions, gender roles, social equity and emerging technologies in rangelands development among others.