The Ministry of Agriculture has started engaging youths who completed practical training in Israel through Building a Better Tomorrow (BBT) and Block Farms programmes as the country eyes to revolutionise its agriculture sector.
Speaking at the Parliament in Dodoma today, Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture Mr Hussein Bashe said so far a total of 79 young people who participated in training in Israel are among the 812 young people who have been recruited for agri-business training and incubation centres.
“After the training period, they will have an opportunity to do agricultural business through collective farms (block farms) under the BBT programme,” Mr Bashe told the lawmakers.
The Minister was forced to explain this to the MPs when he was reacting to Member of Parliament for Mafinga Urban, Mr Cosato Chumi’s basic question which sought to get the Ministry of Agriculture’s explanation on how the nation is benefiting from youths who were sent in Israel for the agricultural training.
Briefing on the programme, Minister Bashe said that Israel agreed to cooperate with Tanzania to impart practical skills to the latters’ graduates from universities and colleges of agriculture and livestock training.
“The aim of the program is to increase knowledge and skills on modern technologies in the agricultural sector. Honorable Speaker, from 2015 until now, a total of 261 young Tanzanians have benefited from agricultural training through Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel,” he explained.