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Authorities in southern Tanzania embark
on new drive to revive pyrethrum farming   

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Authorities in southern highlands’ Tanzania have embarked on a new program aimed at restoring the lost glory of pyrethrum farming, which in the past was key in addressing poverty and improving the economy of the east African nation.

Francis Namaumba, Makete District Executive Director said on Monday that Tanzania’s pyrethrum industry, once an important foreign exchange earner, but for different reasons, the farming stopped, “that’s why we have come up with a new program to restore the crop that produces pyrethrins used as natural insecticides.”

He cited some of the new strategies to revamp the crop include dispatching extension services to farmers to empower them with new skills so that they can produce quality crops that will make it compete in the international market.

“Our extension officers have been dispatched in the key growing villages so that farmers are well informed on what to do to scale up pyrethrum production,” he said.

Apart from educating farmers on new farming techniques, the official said that farmers are being distributed seedlings to farmers so that they can plant into their fields with the guidance of extension officers.

RUNGWE, (Xinhua) -- Farmers pick tea leaves at a tea plantation in Rungwe district, Mbeya region, Tanzania, Sept. 27, 2017. XINHUA PHOTO

“We are trying to encourage farmers to know the status of pyrethrum in terms of socio-economic development as well as their role towards producing the crop,” he said.

Namaumba assured farmers that market for pyrethrum is no longer a challenge as there are investors who have invested in processing the cash crop, which came in the country from Kenya in the 1930s, being cultivated in large estates in the northern highlands-Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Tanga regions.

In the past, farmers in the district were forced to uproot their crops from their fields as the sub-sector was marred by a prolonged world market glut.

“But, things now have normalized that’s why we’re encouraging farmers to deploy all the farming techniques needed in the pyrethrum industry,” he said, adding: “We want to see growers harvest the rewards of their work.”

Joseph Mkwama, District Agricultural Officer said that in those days pyrethrum was hampered with poor agronomic practices, from farming, harvesting, and handling of the crop before getting into the market.

“There were farmers who were farming the crop in valleys; where there is high temperature, the condition which isn’t favoring the crop to produce a quality crop with high amount of pyrethrins used as natural insecticides.”

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tanzania and Papua New Guinea are the top two producers of pyrethrum in the world.



Tanzania expresses support to United Nations reforms

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga has said Tanzania supported reforms by the United Nations aimed at making the global body more vibrant in addressing challenges facing the world today, a statement by ministry said on Monday.

Addressing the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday in New York, Mahiga said the reforms undertaken by the UN will improve its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives, said the statement.

Tanzania’s top diplomat, speaking on behalf of President John Magufuli, said the world was facing challenges that called for immediate attention and resolution.

“By working together in a constructive spirit, world leaders can assure our children, the future they deserve,” said Mahiga, who led the east African nation’s delegation to the UN General Assembly.

He added: “This positive momentum also positions the United Nations and the African Union to work more closely together. Concrete steps can be taken on both sides to improve the quality of coordination and consultation.”

“We hope in the process of implementing these latest reform proposals, the debates will be all inclusive and progress will be made on the basis of consensus,” he said.

Mahiga said: “We have the tools and the mandates to address the global challenges of our day, from climate change to peace-building to human equality and development.”



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