ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s privately-owned airline Precision Air Services Plc on
Tuesday announced to relaunch flights to Uganda through Entebbe International
Air’s commercial director, Robert Owusu said in a statement that the airline
will operate four flights per week with two direct flights from Dar es Salaam
and two via Kilimanjaro Airport.
stated that the decision to relaunch flights to Entebbe came after a market
study which revealed that there is potential demand for flights between Tanzania
is expected to commence on March 10.
suspended flights to Entebbe back in 2013 during the route rationalization
process and network restructuring.
Tanzanian president inaugurates
Chinese-built ultramodern military airport
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Monday inaugurated Chinese-built
state-of-the-art military airport at Ngerengere in Morogoro region.
Magufuli thanked China for helping Tanzania reconstruct the military airport,
said a statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House
in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
said: “China has also assisted Tanzania in the construction of the
Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), the Friendship Textile Mill and a
modern football stadium.”
Mabeyo, the east African nation’s Chief of Defence Forces, said the 1970 airport
underwent major rehabilitation after it was badly damaged.
reconstruction of the military airport began on July 15, 2013, adding that the
work cost 68.5 million U.S. dollars.
reconstruction involved expanding the runway to enable huge military and
commercial aircraft to land and take off,” said Mabeyo.
He added that
the military airport was now one of the best airports across the world, adding
that huge aircraft such as Boeing 777 could land and take off from the airport
Ambassador to Tanzania, Lu Youqing, said the construction of the airport further
cemented the relationship between China and Tanzania.
inauguration ceremony was attended by the First Lady Janet Magufuli, the
Minister for Defence and National Service, Hussein Mwinyi and other top
government and military officials.
Armyworms destroy maize farms in western
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March 7 (Xinhua) --
Armyworms said to have entered Tanzania from neighboring Zambia
have destroyed hundreds of hectares of maize planted this year in the country’s
western region of Rukwa, authorities said Tuesday.
District is the highly affected area in Rukwa Region whose population depends on
maize for food and cash.
in the affected area warned that unless the worm invasion in the area was
contained, it would spread to other parts of the country.
invasion poses serious food security concerns in the area and the country at
large taking into account that Rukwa is one of the regions which are the bread
basket of the east African nation.
recently that some worms were eating up the leaves of our maize plants. So we
told our colleagues that if we don’t spray our farms then we cannot harvest
anything. We have sprayed our farms five times already but the worms keep coming
back,” said John Pangameza, one of the smallholder farmers in Nkasi District.
He said that
many farmers in the area are almost giving up on the fight against the worms.
Matumizi, acting agricultural officer in the district confirmed the invasion,
saying that worms have affected almost all farms in the district, noting that
efforts by farmers to apply pesticides failed as the army worms don’t respond to
named the highly affected villages as Itekesya and Ntemba in Kate ward.
the pests as dangerous; hence concerted efforts are needed to address the vice,
which is threatening food security for the 2017/2018 fiscal year.
district level, we have tried to ensure that pesticides are available, though
these kinds of armyworms don’t respond to our pesticides,” he said.
Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries Mathew Mtigumwe
said that the government was aware of the presence of new species of army worms
in the Nkasi district Rukwa region, which get in the country from neighboring
ministry’s study shows that the army worms that have stormed Nkasi District are
new species known as fall armyworms that hit maize crops,” he said.
“We have been
forced to procure new pesticides after we come to notice that the present army
worms are new species which cannot be controlled by the available pesticides,”
He said that
the government had bought pesticides of about 15,000 liters worth 132,439 US
dollars to curb the army worms.
him, the government is currently embarking on various initiatives to control the
situation in various regions include Katavi, Mbeya and Songwe.
the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the presence of fall armyworm in
Africa was first reported on the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe in
January 2016 and spread to Nigeria and Ghana before hitting South Africa,
Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique.
FAO, Tanzania sign four-year pact to improve
food security, nutrition
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday signed a Country
Programming Framework (CPF) with Tanzania that will help in improving
agriculture, food security, nutrition and natural resources management in the
country over the next four years.
event was held here between the FAO Country Representative, Fred Kafeero, and
Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and
Fisheries, Eng. Mathew Mtigumwe.
that the framework guides FAO support and partnership with the government of
Tanzania from 2017 to 2020 in the context of UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP
lessons from the previous CPF and it takes into account the findings and
recommendations of the evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the United Republic
of Tanzania 2014-2016. It also seeks to strengthen collaboration with key
stakeholders and development partners supporting the government of Tanzania,” he
the UN body’s contribution and expected results under the framework, the FAO
Representative highlighted the four mutually reinforcing priorities of the CPF,
which include evidence-based agriculture policy, planning, investment and sector
coordination; increasing agricultural production, productivity for food and
nutrition security; improving market access for increased incomes; and
strengthening resilience to natural and man-made threats and crises.
Kafeero, the implementation of the CPF is estimated at a minimum of 17.6 million
US dollars to be financed through partnerships with development partners, the
government of Tanzania, South-South Cooperation programmes and joint One UN
“Implementation of the priorities will be through working in partnership with
central and local governments by specific linkages and coordination with
agriculture line ministries; collaboration with non-state actors, the private
commercial sector, academia, and research institutions,” he stated.
commended the FAO support in improving agriculture and natural resources
management in the country and pledged full support to the framework.
plays a critical role in our economy and FAO is one of our key partners in
improving the sector which remains to be the biggest employer in the country.”