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Tanzania in new strategy to boost fight against illegal fishing   

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Wednesday announced a plan to go a step further in its fight against illegal fishing activities, which destroy fish breeding sites and have led to a serious reduction of fish stock in the Indian Ocean.

Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan said that environmental experts will be sent to the southern part of the country to assess the damage done to the environment so far as a result of illegal fishing activities and thereafter introduce new measures to end the problem.

She said the government is determined to end illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean for the sustainability of the fishing population and industry.

According to her, the Indian Ocean represents an important source of income and employment for millions of Tanzanians living along the coastline.

“Our ocean is the main source of our incomes, and our incomes are our lives... so if we don’t use the ocean wisely, our lives will be in trouble,” she said.

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Tanzania may face droughty year-end: official 

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s meteorological authority on Monday warned of the possibility of short rains from October to December this year, calling on farmers to opt for drought-resistant crops to avoid famine.

Agnes Kijazi, director general of Tanzania’s Meteorological Agency (TMA), advised farmers, livestock keepers, wildlife conservation authorities, hydrological and health sectors to follow experts’ advice.

Kijazi said the below-normal rain in most parts of the country are expected to adversely impact farmland and pastures for livestock.

She advised farmers to take measures including acquiring agricultural inputs early, choosing right crop varieties, adopting appropriate land management and water storage.

According to Kijazi, other expected impacts include occurrence of short periods of heavy rains in few areas that may elevate flood risks particularly for areas with exposed soil surface.

“It should be noted that events of short duration of heavy rainfall might feature even over area of normal and below-normal rainfall conditions,” she said.

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Tanzanian vice president refutes resignation reports

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on Tuesday refuted social media reports that Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan plans to resign.

In a statement, the Vice President Office (VPO) said that contrary to social media reports, Hassan will continue to assist Tanzania’s President John Magufuli in serving the citizens.

“The reports which went viral on social media are not true; those who fabricated them want to create tension among the citizens,” the statement said.

The VP’s office urged people to ignore the seditious reports.

Hassan was picked by President Magufuli in July last year as his running mate in presidential race during the ruling CCM national central committee meeting.

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