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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tanzania’s Lake Zone district of Tarime on Sunday,
police announced that five school buses have been
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.
government had directed schools in the east African
nation to meet the required standards to ensure the
safety of children.
that the deregistered school buses were of poor quality
to be allowed to carry pupils.
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.
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.
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
said 10,000 public schools were also facing shortage of
355 technical subjects teachers.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.