ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania has embarked on a new strategy
aimed at boosting sugar production from the current 300,000
tonnes to 500,000 tonnes by producing and distributing quality
seeds to farmers, a senior official said Sunday.
executive director of the Tanzania Agriculture Research
Institute (TARI), said the strategy goes together with provision
of better agronomic practices like proper use of inputs and
seeds that can withstand drought and pests.
He said the move is
also geared toward saving money that the government has been
using to import more than 200,000 tonnes of sugar annually.
“We have decided to
rescue government money. We have decided to increase our seed
production, which will be distributed to farmers so that they
increase their production,” the official said in an interview.
“The program is part
of TARI to support the government’s efforts to improve sugar
production in the country,” he added.
“We are determined
to conduct research and bring the best seeds,” Mkamilo said.
John Magufuli Recently issued 10,000 hectares of land to one of
Tanzania’s business and industrial moguls, Said Salim Bakhresa,
to establish a sugar plant. The factory is expected start
producing sugar by July 2020.
Tanzania produces an
average of 300,000 tonnes of sugar per year with a demand of
590,000 tonnes, of which 420,000 tonnes for direct domestic
consumption and the remaining 170,000 tonnes for industrial use.
The sugar industry
in Tanzania provides direct employment to about 30,000 people.