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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Norwegians help Tanzanian cattle keepers to excel

Cattle farmers in Arusha, Manyara and Morogoro regions are the latest beneficiary of the collaboration between the Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB).
They have been working together to improve pastoral production through innovative value chain approaches in breeding, feeding and health care.
The project comes under the programme for Enhancing Pro-poor Innovations in Natural Resources and Agricultural Value –chains (Epinav) which started in 2011 and is expected to end next year. The principal objective of the Epinav programme is to address up-scaling of proven technologies and promote adoption of agriculture and natural resources to the effects of Climate Change.
According to the report ‘Livestock and Dairy Industry Development in Tanzania’ from the Ministry of Livestock Development, out of the 4.9 million agricultural households, about 36% keep livestock: 35% are engaged in both crop and livestock production while 1% are purely livestock keepers.
However, although animals and land are both available—and demand great—production remains low due to a lack of processing facilities.
Both local and international meat markets are largely unexploited. The majority of cattle, sheep and goats are sold at suboptimal weights, slaughtered at inappropriate facilities, and sold mostly as ‘warm meat’ (not refrigerated).
The purpose of Epinav is to enhance productivity, livelihood security and human capacity of target communities to utilize pro-poor and Climate Change adapted innovations in agriculture and natural resources value chains. Epinav pursues its objectives by funding research proposals that directly contribute to the realization of the programme outputs and purpose.
To qualify for funding under Epinav, the projects must not only enhance frontiers of knowledge but be applied and useful to end users, who are mainly smallholder farmers and other value chain actors.

Source: busiweek.com