Samia insists on food security

Samia insists on food security

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has called on Tanzanians to preserve the available food to ensure food security for the country amid poor rainfall, which has hampered productivity in many parts of Tanzania.

President Samia said since rainfall deficits have led to below-average crop production, it’s crucial for citizens to make better use of the available food, as the government works on long term plans to address the challenge.

She made the statement on Thursday in Tabora municipality as she was winding up her three-day working tour in Tabora region.

Speaking at a well-attended public rally at the Ali Hassam Mwinyi stadium in Tabora municipality, President Samia said as part of efforts to improve food production and food security, the government will intensify irrigation farming from the financial year 2022/2023.

“Right now, there is not enough food stock due to lack of enough rains and long periods of drought, I call upon members of the public to preserve the available food to be assured of food security in the future,” she said. 

She said the government is also making efforts to improve the agriculture sector for increased productivity.

President Samia said some of the efforts include subsidizing farmers in a bid to reduce cost of production and improve harvest for the interest of the individuals and the country at large.

“In the coming financial year, through the agriculture budget that was just approved yesterday Wednesday by the parliament, the government has set a site 90bn/- subsidy for cashew, 56bn/- for cotton and tobacco at a cost of 11.2bn/-,” she said.

President Samia added that the interest rate for agriculture loans has been reduced to 9 per cent.

In another development, President Samia said the development initiatives undertaken by the government will transform the country in all aspects of development.

“The government is keen to implement all development projects and surely, they will be completed as planned. We want to ensure the lives of Tanzanians are well improved,” she noted.  

While the priority will be on the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sector, she said the government will also continue to improve social services on provision of education, health, electricity, water and infrastructure.

President Samia also called for protection of infrastructure which are being constructed in their respective areas for them to last longer.

In another development, the President instructed local government councils to proper supervise expenditures and increase revenue collection from domestic sources.

She said, increased revenue leads to increased allocations for development projects as a result of quick transformations in line with implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

She also asked the government ministers to work hard, for the interest of national development through dockets they are serving.

Present at the event, some cabinet ministers explained government strategies on improving service delivery dockets, assuring timely completion of the projects.

The Minister for Energy January Makamba said the government is working to renovate electricity infrastructure in a move to improve power supply.

Huge investment is needed on electricity to improve supply, most of the infrastructure is overloaded,” said the minister.

For his part, Minister for WaterJumaa Aweso said the government is implementing a number of projects aimed at ending water woes in the country for sustainable development.

Other ministers present at the event were Prof Makame Mbarawa (Works and Transport), Innocent Bashungwa (President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government) and the Minister for Agriculture, Hussein Bashe.

Earlier, the Tabora Regional Commissioner Dr Batilda Buriani said plans are on cards for construction of the university in Tabora.

“A total of 30bn/- has been set aside for construction of the university in Tabora municipality, this is among the ongoing initiatives to stimulate the economy of the region, human activities and interaction in general,” she said.



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