Speaking during a hand over ceremony of the livestock in Longido earlier this week, Project Coordinator, Peruth Daudi said some 1,874 families from 19 villages have benefitted from the initiative.
“The 104 families got one cow, two goats while 412 families will get three goats and two sheep while the third group of 1,358 families will get a goat and sheep each,” Daudi said adding that the project is also aimed at fighting malnutrition among destitute families.
He said in total, 123 cows, 3,267 goats and 884 sheep of hybrid nature have been distributed. “These animals have high meat and milk production capacity which these families need in abundance,” he added noting that the over 710m/- donation has been made by World Vision Canada.
Speaking at the same event, World Vision Northern Zone Head, Mkama Nangu told Longido District Commissioner, Frank Mwaisumbe who was guest of honour at the function that they will ensure that the project is sustainable because beneficiaries are required to donate any young ones generated to other families.
“This project targets pastoralist communities because they have lost much of their livestock due to droughts caused by climate change,” Nangu said while noting that the project is expected to completely change the beneficiaries’ lives by 2023.
In remarks to launch the initiative, Mwaisumbe World Vision has set a new record in his district which no other charity organization has done before. “I can assure you that the government will ensure that this project is sustainable because it targets very poor communities in line with President John Magufuli’s thinking,” Mwaisumbe said.