A Tanzanian minister on Thursday raised the alarm in parliament over unprecedented destruction of water catchments in the country, saying the malpractice could cause water scarcity.

A good number of water catchments in the country, including rivers, lakes, dams and springs, are being encroached by farmers and livestock keepers, said Jumaa Aweso, the Minister for Water.

Presenting his ministry’s budget estimates for the 2021-22 financial year in parliament in the capital Dodoma, Aweso said the increasing population in the country has also forced some people to build residential and business structures close to the water catchments.

He said the government is also working to identify and demarcate all water catchments in the country with a view to strengthening their protection.

The minister told the House that by March 2021, the government has demarcated 133 water catchments out of 1,213 identified water catchments in the country. Enditem

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