Livestock Development

Kagera
Tanzania’s livestock population has been increasing by 5% per anum. Its 21.3 million large herds of cattle make it the largest in southern Africa. However, on the downside, 97% of all animals are kept by smallholders who are often faced with poor productivity and yield.
 
Kagera region has favorable environmental conditions that permit the raising and keeping of traditional and exotic cattle, goats and sheep. Apart from agriculture, livestock contributes significantly the regional economy by 20%. 
Mara
Tanzania’s livestock population has been increasing by 5% per anum. Its 21.3 million large herds of cattle make it the largest in southern Africa. However, on the downside, 97% of all animals are kept by smallholders who are often faced with poor productivity and yield.
An estimated 51% of total agricultural households in Mara keep cattle. Mara’s livestock (cattle, goats, and sheep) population in 20111/12 was estimated at 2.2 million.
Geita
Tanzania’s livestock population has been increasing by 5% per anum. Its 21.3 million large herds of cattle make it the largest in southern Africa. However, on the downside, 97% of all animals are kept by smallholders who are often faced with poor productivity and yield.
Geita Region has earmarked about 300,000 Ha grazing land with 1.1 million cattle, about 500,000 goats and 100,000 sheep. This presents an excellent opportunity in livestock production in the region.
Shinyanga
Tanzania’s livestock population has been increasing by 5% per anum. Its 21.3 million large herds of cattle make it the largest in southern Africa. However, on the downside, 97% of all animals are kept by smallholders who are often faced with poor productivity and yield.
 
Shinyanga Region, in particular, has a good climate that can be a source of quality beef and ranching. Only one ranch area was available in Mwamalasa village in Kishapu whose area is about 300 acres, however, this area has been encroached.
Simiyu

The proposed livestock products include beef, dairy milk and milk products such as butter, ghee and cheese; skin and hides processing. According to 2011 livestock statistics, the region was having   1,412,911 cows, 674,400 goats and 254,746 sheep, and from 2009 to 2011 a total of 65,742 piece of cattle skins and 34,306 of goats and 23,415 sheep were sold. In addition, a total of 21,145,384 litres of milk was collected and sold from 2009 to 2011.

Mwanza
Tanzania’s livestock population has been increasing by 5% per anum. Its 21.3 million large herd of cattle makes it the largest in southern Africa. However, on the downside, 97% of all animals are kept by smallholders who are often faced with poor productivity and yield.
 
Mwanza region has the highest livestock density in the country and the third largest total herd of all regions. The increased meat production for intra and inter-regional consumption, hides and skins for domestic and export must have high priority. Mwanza Region is endowed with good quality pasture land (287,319Ha) with a livestock population distributed vis 1.3 million cattle, 500,000 goats, and 150,000 sheep. This presents an excellent opportunity for the establishment of Commercial Ranches and Livestock Multiplication Units (LMU). Specifically in Mabuku (62 Km from Mwanza City) in Misungwi District, there is about 10,000 Ha of land with a cattle capacity of 6,000 livestock.