TANZANIAN GOVT LOSING 263 BILLION SHILLINGS ANNUALLY FROM ILLEGAL LIVESTOCK TRADE

ARUSHA, TANZANIA -- The Tanzanian government is losing 263 billion shillings (about 115 million US dollars) annually as a result of illegal exportation of livestock and importation of livestock products, which lead to unfair competition for both local and international stakeholders in the sector, says Livestock and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina.

Speaking during the livestock auction at Namanga in Longido District of Arusha Region (Province) here on Wednesday, he added that the government had been losing revenue through illegal exports of livestock.

The minister, who launched a special national operation, codenamed "Operesheni Nzagamba 2018" to monitor revenue flows in the livestock sector, said the operation will cover the ports, livestock auction areas, airports, borders, supermarkets and all abattoirs across the country.

He said his ministry had discovered that some traders had been engaged in illegal cross-border trading in livestock, animal drugs and other products. Recently, a total of 22,000 goats were seized at the Namanga border as they were being transported to Kenya, he added.

We have increased revenues to 200 million shillings in a period of one month after starting a close follow-up on livestock businesses, he said.

He said the early estimate indicates that a total of 1.6 head of cattle are illegally exported from the country annually, causing losses to the government of 56.4 billion shillings,

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK