Tanzania on Monday launched a nationwide campaign against ticks that have threatened cattle in the country for many years.

Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina said veterinary medicine worth 150,205 U.S. dollars has been set aside for the first phase of the campaign.

The minister called for the immediate formation of cooperatives as well as a special bank account where the livestock keepers will be depositing their charges.

“The funds should… be saved in an independent bank account,” he said when speaking at the official launch of the campaign in Tanzania’s lake zone district of Chato.

Hezron Nonga, director of livestock services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, said Tanzania faces a challenge of 32 animal diseases including ticks, which has been claiming large number of livestock lives annually.

He said diseases put the livestock sector in a tight corner, taking into account that Tanzania ranks third in Africa in terms of livestock production and cattle population, after Ethiopia and Sudan. Enditem

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