Minister promises to support short term training for 50 youths

03Jan 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister promises to support short term training for 50 youths

LIVESTOCK and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina has promised to support short term training for 50 youths in Kisesa village, in Meatu District, Simiyu Region on best ways of keeping livestock so that they can share the knowledge to other villagers within the constituent.

LIVESTOCK and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina

He said apart from that, one youth from each ward within the constituent will also be trained on fish keeping so that they can establish their fish keeping projects in their respective wards.

Mpina who is an MP for Kisesa (CCM) was addressing people in  Lingeka, Mwakisandu, Mwandoya, Itinje, Lubiga  and  Mwabusalu wards.

The ministry boss explained that his vision was to ensure that both livestock and fisheries sectors were developed to increase individual income hence reduce poverty.

The minister warned the farmers mixing cotton and maize and urged the district council authority to take stern measure against them because they will be hypocrites of strategies set by President John Magufuli.

 “Those who mix cotton with maize plants should be taken action against to the law because it normally leads to low yields. He directed the District commissioner to take stern measure against those who practice mix farming,” he said.

In another development, Mpina has promised to award 20m/- to the farmer who will emerge the best winner in practicing best agriculture techniques that will be held in the NaneNane celebrations this year.

The minister said in case he gets more fund, the same winner will also be awarded a tractor to join efforts of applying agriculture techniques.

Nearly 99 per cent of Tanzania's cotton is grown in the northwest, near Lake Victoria. Simiyu, Shinyanga, Mwanza, and Geita are the largest cotton producing regions in the East African nation, with Simiyu Region producing over 40 per cent of the national output.

The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) figures show that in 2015, Tanzania exported cotton worth $30.2 million, down from $45.7 million and $111.7 million in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

Despite a 10 per cent increase in export of cotton yarn (interlocked fibres – processed from raw cotton – which is suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery and rope-making), available figures show that the crop has not been doing well during the past few years, largely due to a decrease in both price and export volumes.