DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s ruling party—Chama Cha
Mapinduzi (CCM) on Monday endorsed President John Magufuli as
the party’s national chairman until 2022.
The CCM 9th
Congress in the capital Dodoma also endorsed Zanzibar President
Mohamed Shein as CCM vice-chairman for the Zanzibar archipelago
and Philip Mangula as the party’s vice-chairman for Tanzania
The congress also
retrained Abdulrahman Kinana as the party’s secretary general
after a request by CCM national chairman President John Magufuli.
has requested Kinana to retain the leadership of the ruling
party as secretary general during the party’s National Executive
Committee congress in the capital Dodoma. Kinana who became the
party’s secretary general in 2012 agreed to the request.
Tanzania coffee production
expected to drop due to drought
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s coffee production is expected to go
down in the next harvesting season, due to prolonged drought in
the key producing areas, the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) said on
TCB acting Director
General, Primus Kimaryo, said that total coffee production in
2016/2017 is at an average of 50,000 tonnes, “but things will be
different in the 2017/2018, whereby it is expected to be at an
average of only 43,000 tonnes.”
He cited prolonged
drought in key coffee producing areas. The main growing regions
in Tanzania include Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro, Mbeya,
Ruvuma, Iringa, Kigoma, and Kagera.
earned Tanzania 135 million U.S. dollars in foreign exchange
during the 2015/2016 farming season.
said: “We’re currently training farmers on ways of mitigating
climate change so that they continue producing quality coffee
beans despite weather changes.”
“We’re also looking
on new markets for our coffee so that what farmers produce get
market,” he said.
Tanzania is the
fourth largest coffee producer in Africa behind Ethiopia, Uganda
and Cote D’Ivoire.
Currently, most of
the coffee from Tanzania is exported to Germany, Japan, Italy,
Belgium and France.
Minister for Agriculture, Marry Mwanjelwa, viewed coffee as one
of the country’s foreign exchange earner, though there are
myriad challenges including weather changes as well as
“I know we have some
challenges of coffee smuggling through ‘direct coffee export’
but I appeal to TCB to ensure there are no coffee smuggling
incidents anymore,” she said.
Coffee is one of
Tanzanian’s primary agricultural export crops, representing
about 5 percent of total exports, 24 percent of traditional cash
More than 90 percent
of Tanzanian coffee comes from smallholder farmers. The industry
provides direct income to more than 450,000 farmer families and
also benefits directly the livelihoods of about two million
Tanzanians, about one third of the population.
Tanzania to revive sisal
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is set to revive 10 sisal processing
plants in five estates located in north-eastern Tanzania’s
region of Tanga, according to Tanzania’s National Social
Security Fund (NSSF).
Director General of
NSSF, Godius Kahyarara said on Sunday that once revived, the
plants will be able to produce a wide range of products such as
bags, chairs, ropes, rest-chairs, carpets, fertilizers, and
“We have seen great
opportunity in sisal farming and decided to grab it, and by
doing that we will be supporting the country’s industrialization
agenda as well as increasing employment opportunities,” he said.
Kahyarara, sisal has played a significant role in the country’s
economy, as the country’s largest foreign exchange earner up to
the 1970s and the largest employer as well.
The official said
that they have decided to increase investment in sisal farming
because of its socio-economic importance.
“Presently, even in
a depressed state, the sisal industry is employing over 100,000
people in the country. Demand is still high locally and
internationally, so more investments are still needed,” he
Kahyarara also noted
that more investment in research, skills, technology to improve
the sector are essential to avoid going back to what happened 60
He also cited
packaging as another key area that needs improvement calling for
other organizations to invest in the area to enable small-scale
farmers pack their products well to access foreign markets.
another area with huge investment opportunities, so people can
grab this opportunity to push forward the country and achieve
industrialization goals,” said Kahyarara.