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Finally land dispute resolved between herders, farmers in Kiteto

AFTER years of clashes between farmers and herders in Kiteto District, more than 95,499 hectares of grazing land has been transferred to the livestock keepers in the area.

The grazing area titled ‘Alolle’ that incorporates parts of Amei, Loolera, Lembapuli and Leso villages’ sides, were annexed to reduce clashes amongst the land rivals, who have constantly fought for the land use for decades now.

That was made possible through a joint village land use planning process, supported by a collaborative project involving the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the National Land Use Planning Commission (NLUPC), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and KINNAPA Development Programme.

Kiteto District Commissioner (DC), Mr Tumaini Magessa presiding over said securing the grazing unit was a major milestone in the area as it would reduce the rivals’ conflicts and avoid unnecessary deaths and loss of property.

“Secured grazing lands for pastoralists would also ensure sustainable use of rangelands, this innovation of joint village land use planning should also be implemented in other villages in the district to resolve the prevailing conflicts between these two groups that we have experienced for so long,” he noted.

One of the livestock keepers from Loolera village Mr Lang’ututi Lengiok, said their livestock would now move freely without any troubles from other land users.

In December 2015, ILRI and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries signed a collaborative research agreement to jointly implement the third phase of the Sustainable Rangeland Management Project (SRMP), financially supported by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Irish Aid, the International Land Coalition (ILC), ILRI and Tanzania.

The Project is working with national and local authorities to secure rangelands and the land rights of local rangeland users, including pastoralists through the implementation of village land use planning and land certification.

The project previously helped secure 30,000 hectares of grazing land in an area called Olengapa, that incorporates parts of Orkitikiti, Lerug, Ngapapa and Engang’uengare in Kiteto District. Another livestock keeper from Lembapuli village, Mr Laamarai Naagwea, said securing grazing lands and improving rangelands for livestock was crucial for healthy rangelands, livestock and people

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