06 Jun 2020 Robertha Makinda
THE Ministry of Agriculture has expressed its zeal to invest heavily to revitalise and boost the production of Pyethrum from the current 2400 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes per year by 2025. Responding to a question from Mbeya Rural MP Oran Njeza, Minister for Agriculture Japhet Hasunga said that through the implementation of the 10- Year Strategic Plan (2011-2021) that targets at strengthening pyrethrum production in southern regions, the government is implementing several measures to ensure that the farmers benefit from the crop. In his basic question, Njeza wanted the government's plan in increasing production as well as boosting the access of the pyrethrum cash crop to the growing demand at the global market. Minister Hasunga said that in a bid to increase production of the crop the government has decided to bring together farmers into forming groups where so far a total of 137 groups of farmers have been formed. "Through formation of these groups farmers have been exposed to knowledge that has led to improvements in the quality of the produced yield which has steadily improved to 1.3 per cent against the international required average standard of 1.24 percent," Hasunga said. According to him, the government has continued to encourage farmers to join the Agriculture Marketing Co-operative Societies (AMCOs) where so far three AMCOs have been registered and other 10 are in the final stages of registration. He asserted that despite all these efforts, the governmnet will also continue to provide education to farmers on the application practices (GAPs) to increase production and improve the quality of market that meets the global market demand. The government will continue to encourage investment especially value addition where there are currently two processing plants in the country, namely Tanextract factory located in Inyala Region and Pyrethrum Company of Tanzania (PCT) factory located in Mafinga, Iringa Region," he said. He however added that the industries are capable of processing between 2800 and 3000 tonnes each per annum. The government will continue to encourage farmers to engage in commercial agriculture through the contract farming system. The government will also continue to conduct domestic and foreign market research using envoys representing Tanzania in ther respective countries to ensure that the country wins access to the global pyrethrum market," he added. more details ...


05 Jun 2020 Robertha Makinda
PRODUCTIVE industries still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to protecting the environment, if recent inspection in Northern Zone is anything to go by. Apparently as Tanzania marks the 46th World Environment Day, the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) inspected a total of 460 factors in the Northen Zone and discovered that more than 53 per cent fell short to nature protection rules and regulatior "There are 260 factories that lack the environment certification, some were established without undergoing the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), while others still breached the required regulations in their respective operations," revealed NEMC's Zonal Manager Lewis Mtemi. That means out of 460 factories that have been inspected by NEMC, some 200 possess clean bills of health regarding the set standards of enviroment protection. The NEMC Northern Zone Assistant Engineer, Ms Nnacy Nyenga, pointed out that communities have started to take negative environment occurrences as normal and therefore, even when cautioned against destructive habits, they hardly take heed. "People are used to drought, famine and other hazards thinking it is normal, not working that most of these disasters are man-made, resulting to negative effects of climate change and global warming," she said. As Tanzania joins the rest of the global community is observing the 46th 'World Environment Day,' with this year's theme being 'Celebrate Biodiversity,' the NEMC has opted to use the media in conveying 'green' messages to the public in a bid to play safe amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The Day was first held in 1974, and since then it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. more details ...


04 Jun 2020 Robertha Makinda
The total loans issued by the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS), in the country increased to 927.66n/- in the year ending December last year from 833.89bn/- in the corresponding quater which is a sign of rising credit to finance various economic activities. According to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT), Consolidated Zonal Economic Performance Report for the period ending December last year shows that on quartely basis, the total loans issued rose by 15.21bn/- compared from 912.45bn/- in the preceding quarter. During the period, the number of SACCOS decreased from 4,177 at the end of December 2018 to 3,714 at the end of December 2019. Despite the decrease in the number of SACCOS, the total number of members, share values, value of deposits, savings, loans issu outstanding loans increased. The value of shares of the Saccos members in the country decreased to 57.06bn/- in the period under review comparedto 53.63bn/- registered in the corresponding period 2018. The total savings by the Saccos members increased to 200.21bn/- compared to 176.48bn/- in 2018. During the reference period, the members' total deposits in the Saccos increased to 51.67bn/- compared to 39.53 bn/- in the period ending December 2018. The total outstanding loans of the Saccos members to 472.63bn/- in the period ending December compared to 332.78bn/- registered in the corresponding period 2018. During the reference period, the number of Saccos members in the country decreased to 3,714 the quater ending December compared to 4,177 in the period ended 2018. During the period under review, the number of Saccos in the country increased to 711,507 in the quarter under review from 620,616 in the corresponding quarter 2018. Saccos play important role in socioeconomic of members and communities in general as they enable easy access to financial services to people, encourage savings, create employment opportunities, support directly community development effort like helping community access to socail services, stimulated growth. more details ...
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