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Tanzania to increase coffee production by 25 percent in 2021 

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania is set to increase coffee production from 80,000 tonnes this year to 100,000 tonnes by 2021, an official from the country’s coffee board said Friday.

Primus Kimario, Acting Director General, Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) revealed this when speaking at the stakeholders meeting held here, saying the board is targeting to increase production by 20,000 tonnes of the cash crop in the next four years.

The official said that in 2016, coffee production in Tanzania was low as the country produced 46,000 tonnes, compared to 60,000 tonnes recorded in 2015.

“There were many factors behind the drop, but as the board we stood firm and carried out extensive researches on how to increase production which in turn will bring development to farmers and the country at large,” said Kimario.

Deusdedit Kilambo, a researcher from the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TACRI) said that the institute has developed 23 varieties of improved coffee seedlings, whereby 19 of them are Arabica and four are Robusta.

“Most of these seedlings have been distributed to 14 regions and 42 districts which are popular for growing the cash crop. And there are more areas which are discovered to have started growing coffee,” said Kilambo.

Tanzania grows 70 percent of Arabica and 30 percent is Robusta.



Tanzania embarks on unsafe school bus crackdown

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police have embarked on a school bus crackdown to ensure that all vehicles carrying schoolchildren are roadworthy.

The crackdown came few days, when 33 pupils, two teachers, and a driver were killed after a school bus plunged into a gorge in northern Tanzania’s safari capital of Arusha.

In Tanzania’s Lake Zone district of Tarime on Sunday, police announced that five school buses have been deregistered.

Joseph Bukombe, head of traffic police in Tarime/Rorya special zone, said that during the crackdown, 17 school buses were inspected in two districts of Tarime and Rorya since the crackdown started one week ago.

Tanzanian government had directed schools in the east African nation to meet the required standards to ensure the safety of children.

Bukombe said that the deregistered school buses were of poor quality to be allowed to carry pupils.

“They must have their buses good, well checked, with good tires, seat belt and comfortable seats. Drivers should also be careful and adhere to traffic regulations,” said Bukombe.

He noted that owners of de-registered vehicles should repair them to meet the required standards.

On May 6, 33 pupils, two teachers and a driver from Arusha-based Lucky Vicent primary school died after their bus plunged into Marera River Gorge in Karatu District.


Tanzania facing shortage of over 20,000 science teachers

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania is facing shortage of 24,716 science and mathematics teachers, Deputy Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Stella Manyanya told Parliament on Thursday.

Manyanya said 10,000 public schools were also facing shortage of 355 technical subjects teachers.

“The government is doing all it can to reduce this shortage which is affecting good delivery of education in our schools,” said the official in the capital Dodoma.

She added: “There is need to encourage students to study science related subjects as well as mathematics since that is the only way to produce more of the highly needed teachers for the two subjects.”

Manyanya made these revelations when responding to a question asked by Special Seats Member of Parliament Susan Lyimo who had wanted to know the status of science subjects teaching in public schools.

The MP said several evidence-based researches showed that acute shortage of science experts, for instance in the health sector, called for better trained scientists in the fight against maternal and new-born deaths.

In her response, Manyanya said her ministry was always at the forefront in encouraging students to study science subjects in order to help fill the gaps of science, mathematics and other related personnel in the country.



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