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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tanzania
and Papua New Guinea are the top two producers of
pyrethrum in the world.
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
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.
top diplomat, speaking on behalf of President John
Magufuli, said the world was facing challenges that
called for immediate attention and resolution.
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.
“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
“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.”