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Poaching incidences may have abated as of now, but wildlife conservationists are raising alarm here that their disappearance should never be taken for granted.
He was on view that poachers have always stayed ahead of their game, creating and maintaining strong, worldwide syndicates, purchasing and stocking modern artillery as well as being abreast with modern technology. “But now having realized that the country’s anti-poaching machinery was well equipped the racketeers could be back on their drawing board, planning to stage a surprise comeback,” pointed out Dr Kijazi.
He was speaking at Mto-wa-Mbu area, adjacent to Lake Manyara National Park, during the second ceremony to outfit 102 junior conservators with insignia ranks after they successfully completed their respective paramilitary training as currently required by the law.
Observers assert that once the racketeers deplete their hidden stocks, the poachers could be back in the game, this time with a vengeance for being forced to stay under cover for years. Acting upon the Arusha Manifesto of 1961, Tanzania continues to protect wildlife and maintain natural growth for global benefit.
Tabling the 2019/20 ministerial budget estimates, the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Khamis Kigwangalla said that the government is coming up with new regulations to improve provision of tourism services that conform to international standards, saying the sector needs substantial developments.
He said that plans are underway to bring about regulations to allocate hunting sites for locals that will see establishment of centres to sell wild meat at appointed butcheries across the country. He told the legislature that the proposed regulations for recruitment of staff in the tourism sector will help employees gain working skills for needs of local and international markets.
The move will create an enabling environment for security and safety in the profession, increase accountability and trustworthiness in service delivery, he elaborated.