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Agriculture Imports Should Be Banned: Tanzania's Permanent Secretary

Tanzania’s government asked those in charge of agriculture to set plans to avoid imports of agricultural produce. The country’s hard currency has been expended over import of agricultural products, as stated by Gerald Kusaya, PS in the Ministry of Agriculture. He requested the agriculture sector to focus on ending imports. He supported his words with an example on how the country is dependent on agriculture imports; products like wheat, sugar and cooking oil are imported while they can easily be produced in Tanzania. He stated that Tanzania’s annual spending on importing cooking oil reaches 470bn/. This should be reduced or even stopped, he said. For edible oil, we can rely on growing sunflowers and palms, he also continued. Kusaya called for the officials in agriculture to illuminate farmers to get involved in the business and help the country to grow economically. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Poor Tourism in Tanzania

Tourism industry in Tanzania has referred to some issues facing this sector, which doesn’t allow visitors to go visit the country for the second time. According to tourism administration and shareholders, Tanzania’s deficient infrastructure is the major reason. Several tourism firms couldn’t fulfil their promises to satisfy tourists and they are cheated sometimes. Erastus Lufungulo, a retired conservationist who currently heads Burudika Tourist Company, said tourists have to splurge huge money as they can’t fly directly from countries in Europe and the United States to this African country. Tanzania’s tourism sector accounts for 17.5% of GDP and 25% of foreign exchange gains. Only visited by 1.2 million tourists at this time, the government’s target is to draw at least 5 million tourists by 2025 to gain U.S.$6 billion per year, instead of current U.S.$2.5 billion. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Tanzania's Five-Year Scheme To Grow Sunflower

Tanzania has started its strategy to produce large quantity of sunflowers to tackle insufficient edible oil as well as decreasing sunflower seeds imports. The fulfillment will take five years, from 2020 to 2025. Organized by Tari (Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute), the aim is to raise 2 million tons of sunflower seeds and no less than 700,000 tons of edible oil. Institute's national coordinator for sunflower research, Frank Reuben, said an outline has been made for producing 45 tons of seeds, which will be sent over to various companies. Among others, companies including Agriculture Seed Agency (ASA), Agri-Seed Technologies, Lima Africa, and Agricpays Tanzania Ltd will collaborate with Tari, he added. Furthermore, he also declared these firms will produce at least 4,500 tons of sunflower grains, which have to get the approval seal from TOSCI, Tanzania Official Seeds Certification Institute. There’s also a foolproof plan to produce high-quality hybrid seeds, he concluded. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Tanzania: Second Largest Livestock in Africa

Tanzania has still retained its status in livestock; the second largest in Africa, the country with an overall 33.9 million cattle comes next to Ethiopia, 60.39 million cattle. It is now working on the meat and skin to develop the industry domestically and internationally. According to the recent data by NBS (the National Bureau of Statistics), small farms held 24.5 million goats compared to huge farms with 33,347 million goats. Equally, small-scale farms had 8.5 million sheep while the number in large farms is 24.236 million. Also 3.2 million pigs were kept in small farms with 5.153 million in big farms. The report also said that peasants kept 75.1 million chickens and large farmers owned 12.6 million, totaled at 87.7 million. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

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