DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania Irrigation Commission needs about
4.5 billion U.S. dollars to renovate 1,980 dormant irrigation
schemes across the nation by 2035, a senior official said on
Eliakim Chitutu, the
Director General of the state-owned Tanzania Irrigation
Commission, said renovation of the irrigation schemes were among
priorities identified in the nation’s five-year development plan
and the revised irrigation master plan.
He said out of 2,940
dormant irrigation schemes in the country, 960 had been revived,
adding that the target was to ensure the remaining schemes were
renovated or improved to enable them contribute to the national
Tanzania has a total of 29.4 million hectares for irrigation but
most of them were not being irrigated because of worn-out
He said up to June
this year, only 475,052 hectares had been developed for
irrigation, so far contributing 24 percent of food in the
Chitutu said poor
participation by the private sector in the irrigation sector was
a roadblock towards attaining an improved irrigation plan.
suggested the application of public private partnership in the
development of new irrigation schemes.
On September 26 this
year, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank and the
Tanzania Irrigation Commission signed a memorandum of
understanding that will see the two institutions cooperating in
protecting and modernizing water sources and irrigation schemes.
China announces new health
program for Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Chinese Embassy in Tanzania on Monday announced the launch
of a new program called Health Cooperation Benefiting Tanzania
aimed at providing free medical services in remote and rural
Wang Ke, the Chinese
Ambassador to Tanzania, said that under the program, Chinese
medical teams in Tanzania’s mainland and Zanzibar will
respectively conduct two free clinical services each year in
remote and rural areas to bring their medical services to more
Tanzanian people in need.
The first free
clinical service will be held in November in Kagera region in
northwest Tanzania and will last for seven days to provide free
medical examinations and treatment for local residents, said
Wang at the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of
China’s dispatch of medical teams in Tanzania.
“In the years ahead,
I have every reason to be confident that with our concerted
efforts, China-Tanzania health cooperation will score more
achievements and greater glory,” said Wang.
A total of 11
Chinese doctors from Chinese medical team were introduced to the
ceremony, which is also attended by Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzanian
Minister for Health, and Augustine Mahiga, the Minister for
Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation.
“For 50 years, being
fearless of difficulties and having overcome many obstacles,
Chinese medical teams have treated over 300,000 Tanzanian
patients with their diligent work and exquisite skill,” said
In September 2012,
she said, the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute supported by the
Chinese government started to operate and many Tanzanian
patients no longer need to be transferred to foreign countries
for cardiac surgery.
companies have shown interest to explore the Tanzanian market,
expecting to respond to a call by the Tanzanian government to
build pharmaceutical plants in the country in order to achieve
localized production, reduce medical costs and benefit more
Tanzanian people, Wang said.
“China has the will
and also the ability to deepen the health cooperation with
Tanzania in the principle of mutual benefit and win-win
strategy,” said Wang.
Ummy Mwalimu praised
the Chinese medical teams for their dedication in saving
Tanzanian citizens’ lives.
She said Tanzania
has continuously enjoyed a very special relationship in the
health sector which dates back to 1968 when China started
sending medical team to the country.
“I would like to
express my sincere gratitude for the commendable services these
doctors have been providing to the citizens who received their
services,” said Mwalimu
appealed to Tanzanian doctors to work closely with their Chinese
relations between the two countries were unique and continuous,