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Ngorongoro residents for improved cattle yields

Ngorongoro residents for improved cattle yields
Oct, 25 2018

Ngorongoro residents for improved cattle yields

By Walter Mairo

In efforts to transform the lives of Ngorongoro residents the Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) has dispatched its veterinary experts to help improve their livestock. The Maasai in Ngorongoro depend on cattle for their livelihood and through the special programme a number of the animals have undergone modern breeding processes through Artificial Insemination (AI) for improved species.

It is now around ten years since AI was introduced in Ngorongoro and already the residents of Nainokanoka, where the process started, have seen its advantages, lauding the initiative. Soon the AI services, with related awareness raising training sessions, will be extended to other areas of Ngorongoro where villagers demand the same treatment and according to experts it is only a matter of time before the area is provided with improved cattle varieties promising high milk yields and better beef products that will eventually attract better markets elsewhere. Veterinary experts pointed out that in their studies, they discovered that the cattle population in Ngorongoro Division comprised mainly the Zebu variety that are not only small in stature but also don't yield much milk and thus there is a need to introduce them to AI to cross-breed them with better seeds and that is what the cattle improving project in Nainokanoka was all about.

With healthier livestock and quality products from their cattle the residents of Ngorongoro are guaranteed to experience better lives through an improved economy derived from boosted earnings from their animal products.

Hotels and Tourist Lodges operating within Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and other parts of the country provide a ready market for cattle products such as beef, milk and other products. Also, once the residents start earning handsomely from their animals, they stand to be self-sufficient as far as food and income are concerned such that they will never think about growing crops in the area for the purpose of supplementing their domestic food as they have been requesting of late.