Livestock farming is one of the major agricultural activities in Mpanda District Council; it contributes significantly to the peoples’ livelihood. Concurrently, the indigenous breeds of cattle, goats, sheep, pig and poultry are the most common dominates the industry. However, high mortality rates, low reproductive rates and poor quality of the livestock products are among the challenges facing the industry in the district.
B. Fisheries subsector
Fishing is one of the major economic activities in Mpanda District Council especially to the communities living along the Lake Tanganyika shore, of Ikola, Isengule and Karema wards. Fishing industry is an important income generating activity as it provides employment, food as well as income to the communities where the activity is practiced and to those who are engaged in the industry directly.
Roles and Functions of the Departmen
To translate national livestock, fisheries and other policies, strategies, plans, guidelines and legislation in line with the District livestock and fisheries situation
To collect, process, analyze, store and disseminate livestock data and information
To create an enabling environment for effective private sector participation
To enforce laws and legislation for the control of livestock and fisheries pests and diseases
To regulate quality safety and standards of livestock and fisheries products and feeds
To improve and conserve livestock genetic resources
To promote development of appropriate livestock and fisheries extension packages
To facilitate research – extension liaison and to promote a pro-active and consistent working relation that involves farmers, farmer groups/forums, District core team staffs, ward and village staffs and council officials.
To conduct training for extension staff, farmers and youth
To promote livestock and fisheries value products and marketing
To promote integrated and sustainable use and management of rangelands, soil, water and vegetation, and
To conduct monitoring and evaluation of the sub-sectorial performance