DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Anti-tobacco
campaigners on Wednesday appealed to leaders in Tanzania to show
political will in ensuring that harmful use of tobacco was
The appeal was made
as the east African nation planned to table a Bill in Parliament
in September aimed at controlling harmful use of tobacco.
the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, under the World
Health Organization (WHO) but the country has not yet enacted a
legislation that would control tobacco use.
the Executive Director of Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum (TTCF),
said it was high time tougher laws were enacted to counter the
power of investors who make huge profits from the tobacco
“The new legislation
should ensure that harmful tobacco use is controlled to save
people from diseases caused by smoking such as cancer,” the
anti-tobacco campaigner told journalists in Dar es Salaam.
tobacco investors were very powerful financially, adding: “They
have the power to lobby, advertise and influence.”
She said because of
this there was need to have a committed leadership that would
help push for a law that would eventually put this power in
She said tobacco was
thought to be good business that flourished in Tanzania because
of the belief that tobacco was an economically important crop
and therefore putting tough control policies would lead to loss
of revenue by the government.
“But statistics on
the negative impact of tobacco use mean that there is need for
an urgent change in the way the government looks at things,”
former Executive Director of South Africa’s National Council
against Smoking, called for the need to raise taxes much higher
for the tobacco industry.
“There are countries
such as Australia which have succeeded in controlling the
hazards caused by tobacco by raising taxes,” said Saloojee.
The passing of a
tough law, coupled with hiking taxes imposed on tobacco
business, would force tobacco companies to raise the cost of
cigarettes, he said.
“This would finally
influence the behavior of the end users, by discouraging harmful
consumption-especially the youth,” said Saloojee.
Sarah Maongezi, from
the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of
Health, said the government was currently taking measures to
control tobacco use, including working to ensure the bill is
tabled in the coming parliament.
Statistics from the
Ministry of Health show that 14.1 percent of all people in
Tanzania smoke tobacco daily risking to getting diseases such as
cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory
Tanzania to review forest
policy to curb deforestation
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is set to review the 1998 Forest
Policy in an effort to curb deforestation, which cost the east
African nation at least 372,000 hectares of forest reserve areas
annually, a senior official said Tuesday.
The review has been
necessitated by several negative trends in the forestry sector,
both locally and internationally, as well as the need to develop
a framework to address key challenges facing the sector.
Secretary of Tanzania’s ministry of Natural Resources and
Tourism Aloyce Nzuki said on Tuesday in Tanzania’s capital
Dodoma that the review was necessary to help address the massive
deforestation in the country.
He said increasing
human activities and the demand for forestry products are among
the main threats to the forest, adding that there has been an
alarming massive invasion of forest areas in recent years.
The plan, according
to Nzuki, is to ensure that the forest sector contribute to the
national gross domestic product (GDP) in a more sustainable and
The 2015 National
Forest Resources Monitoring and Assessment Report showed that
the forestry resources cover 48 million hectares, about 55
percent of the Tanzania Mainland.
contributes 3.5 percent to the GDP, 10 percent to the foreign
earnings and 3 percent to the employment in the formal sector.
Nzuki said the
sector also covers 75 percent of materials used in construction
sector, adding up to 90 percent of energy sources in remote
areas. “It is also an important part of the ecosystem, water and
soil protection,” he said.
Tanzania eyes South African
market for coffee
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania will soon start selling its processed
coffee in South Africa as the country encourages exporting
processed coffee products instead of raw beans.
Permanent Secretary of Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry, Trade
and Investment, said Tuesday that the Tanzania Trade Development
Authority (TANTRADE) in collaboration with Tanzania Private
Sector Foundation (TPSF) have started working on the modalities
that will make Tanzanian goods including coffee penetrate into
the South African markets.
This is a result of
the recent agreements made by Tanzanian and South African
presidents—John Magufuli and Jacob Zuma—on the need to encourage
Tanzanian coffee processors to offer products that meet
billions of Tanzanian shillings when selling raw coffee abroad.
A cup of coffee in London, UK and elsewhere in the world is much
more expensive compared to what we’ve been selling. As
government, we’re determined to change the trend by selling
processed coffee. This will benefit coffee growers and all
people in the value chain,” said Mkenda.
TANTRADE acting Director General, said the East African nation
produces one of the best coffee beans in the world, and TANTRADE
will distribute more coffee processing machines in Tanzania so
that more people can drink coffee produced locally.
Coffee is Tanzania’s
largest export crop, whose production averages between
30,000-40,000 tonnes each year. A total of 90 percent of the
nation’s coffee farms are smallholders, and there are
approximately 270,000 workers in the coffee industry.