The Chinese Embassy in Tanzania has come up with an initiative to capacitate residents living around Mikumi National park with essential skills and equipment on smart farming so as to fight poaching and improve wildlife protection.
Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke said that experts from China will train the community on smart agriculture by using modern technology as well the importance of protecting wildlife.
With the use of technology, farmers can also increase their productivity by doubling their yields, something which will encourage them to shun poaching acts.
The Chinese embassy has donated 2500 kg of maize seeds, sunflower seeds (150kg) and 800kg of peas seeds to enable the community venture into agribusiness to improve their income. Apart from the seeds, the embassy has also donated 13 pairs of security clothes, 13 pairs of boot shoes, a desktop computer and a television which will be used to train the residents in best farming practices.
China banned ivory imports last year. A survey of more than 2,000 people in China conducted by GlobeScan, a public opinion research firm, and funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), found that 72 percent of respondents would not buy ivory, compared to 50 percent when the poll was conducted last year, before the domestic trade ban went into effect at the end of 2017.