Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago is
grappling with the rapid population growth by
encouraging islanders to embrace modern family
planning methods, an official said on Monday.
Speaking ahead of the World Population Day on
Wednesday, Zanzibar’s Urban West Regional
Commissioner Ayoub Mohammed Mahmoud said the rapid
population growth threatens the development.
According to Mahmoud, Zanzibar’s population
growth rate has increased to 2.8 percent per year,
slightly higher than Tanzania mainland’s 2.7
"Zanzibar’s population growth does not match the
speed of economic growth.
"The situation threatens development and the
well-being of residents." the official said.
The 2,461-square-kilometer archipelago, which is
home to 1.3 million people, must contain the
population growth if it has to contribute
effectively to Tanzania dream of becoming a
middle-income economy by 2025, said Mahmoud.
"Most of people in Zanzibar do not use any of the
family planning methods.
"Those engaged in family planning are mostly from
Urban West region, and people in South Pemba and
South Unguja are not used to such methods," said the
The World Population day, observed on July 11
every year, seeks to focus on the importance of
population and health issues.
The theme for this year is "Family Planning is a
targets higher rice self-sufficiency by 2020
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua)
semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago is set to
achieve 60-percent rice self-sufficiency by
increasing productivity in the next two years, a
senior official said Tuesday.
Rashid Ali Juma, Zanzibar’s Minister for
Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Natural
Resources, revealed this after launching the rice
harvesting season in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
He said that the country is only 39.7-percent
self-sufficient in rice and is targeting to achieve
60 percent rice self-sufficiency by 2020.
He said that the Isles’ government has been
putting great emphasis on rice growing by empowering
rice growers with best agronomic practices for
Rice is the main staple food in Zanzibar, which
consists of the islands of Zanzibar or Unjuga, Pemba
and other smaller islands.
"We’re encouraging farmers to venture into a
system of rice intensification (SRI) to boost
production so that we reduce rice importation as
we’re doing now," he said.
He said that the government intends to build
irrigation infrastructures in an area of about 193
Mariam Juma, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Natural
Resources described SRI, as one of the best farming
techniques aimed at increasing the yield of rice.
It is a low-water, labor-intensive method that
uses younger seedlings singly spaced and typically
hand weeded with special tools.
According to her, a total of 45,000 tonnes of
rice are expected to be harvested in this harvesting
season, compared to 20,600 tonnes five years ago.
consider plan to develop beaches to attract more
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
(Xinhua) -- The government
of Tanzania said Saturday it was in the process of
establishing a beach management authority to improve
beach tourism in the East African nation.
Hamisi Kigwangalla, minister of natural resources
and tourism, said currently beach tourism was doing
much better in Zanzibar than on mainland Tanzania.
"Beach tourism is not being promoted on mainland
Tanzania with its abundant potential," he told a
news conference in the commercial capital Dar es
He said Tanzania has decided to come up with
strong strategies in order to efficiently explore
available opportunities in beach tourism to boost
the national economy.
Kigwangalla said the beach management authority
will manage and improve all beaches to attract more
tourists and investors.
A report released in June 2017 rated Tanzania’s
tourism industry as one of the fastest growing
sectors in the country with figures showing a surge
on tourist arrivals.
The 2016 International Visitors’ Exit Survey
Report indicated that the number of tourists who
visited the country continued to rise.
The report was jointly compiled by the Ministry
of Natural Resources and Tourism, the Bank of
Tanzania, the National Bureau of Statistics, the
Immigration Department and the Zanzibar Commission
The report showed that Tanzania hosted at least
1.2 million tourists in 2016, compared to 1.1
million in 2015, which was an increase of 12
The report showed revenues from the tourism
industry have been increasing year after year with
2.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 against 1.9 billion
dollars in 2015.
Tourism has been Tanzania’s largest foreign
exchange earner since 2012, contributing an average
of 2 billion dollars annually, which is equivalent
to 25 percent of all exchange earnings, according to