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Influence of Agro-Ecological factors and cultural practices on Heifer in-trust schemes in Njombe and Shinyanga Regions of Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Msangya, M L.
dc.contributor.author Urassa, J.K.
dc.contributor.author Mahonge, C.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-11T14:41:08Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-11T14:41:08Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 3254-5428
dc.identifier.uri https://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/822
dc.description 15p en_US
dc.description.abstract Dairy farming can be a panacea to addressing rural poverty. The Heifer In-trust Schemes (HIS) in Njombe and Shinyanga regions aimed at reducing food and income insecurity. However, the influence of seasonality, traditional livestock grazing systems, animal treatment and protection practices challenge the schemes objectives. The study’s main objective was to assess the influence of seasonality, rainfall patterns; and traditional animal grazing style, animal treatments and protection on HIS. Specifically, the study determined the influence of seasonality unavailability of quality pasture, milk and income, and explored the implications of traditional livestock grazing systems, treatment and protection. Study adopted a cross-sectional design. Data were collected from 402 randomly selected HIS households. Results show that during the wet season average daily milk production increased by six litres per cow. Results also show that more milk is sold during the dry season as the demand is higher while production is low. Results further show that traditional grazing systems and animal protection practices led to low milk production and less income. The diverse agro-ecological factors and cultural practices have influenced HIS in the study areas. HIS beneficiaries should establish pasture plots to address negative agro-ecological influences, reduce free range-grazing methods and avoid adverse traditional animal treatment and protection practices. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development en_US
dc.subject Agro-ecological en_US
dc.subject Traditonal animal Grazing style en_US
dc.subject Dairy farming en_US
dc.subject Heifer In-trust Schemes en_US
dc.subject Anima treatment and protection en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Influence of Agro-Ecological factors and cultural practices on Heifer in-trust schemes in Njombe and Shinyanga Regions of Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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