DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian authorities said on Wednesday they have
started addressing shortcomings raised by the African Peer
Review Mechanism (APRM), the continent’s self-monitoring
The mandate of the
APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic
and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among
country review report for Tanzania, the east African country’s
Vice-President, Samia Hassan Suluhu, said the APRM initiative
was relevant to the country given its massive potential in
deepening democracy and citizen participation.
“For ARPM, as an
instrument for the transformation of the African governance
architecture has renewed hope and enthusiasm for our people,”
Tanzania acceded to
the APRM process on May 26, 2004, providing the country with a
platform where the government and its people could sit together
as one in determining their country’s destiny collectively.
In implementing the
ARPM, she said Tanzania has started strengthening institutions
charged with good governance, democracy, reducing poverty, the
industrialization drive and delivery of social services in the
education, health and water.
She said one of the
focus areas in the country’s industrialization drive was
reinforcement of the power and energy sector.
Suluhu said the
government has continued with its zero tolerance policy on
corruption by taking relevant measures, including strengthening
institutions responsible for corruption oversight and raising
awareness campaigns on corruption and money laundering.
Suluhu said through
the APRM initiative, Africa has shown the world that it can
dictate its own course of development and address poverty
afflicting its citizens.
mechanism we have been able to showcase to the world our
collective strength in improving democracy, peace and stability,
rule of law and good governance in general,” said Suluhu.
Maize disease ravages 340
hectares in northern Tanzania
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The deadly Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) disease
has wreaked havoc in northern Tanzania’s district of Arumeru,
subjecting hundreds of growers to unimaginable losses,
authorities said Friday.
Grace Solomon, an
agricultural officer in Arumeru District said five wards (with
more than 30 villages) have been affected with MLN.
The official said
that about 340 hectares of maize farms have been destroyed by
the deadly disease in the areas located on the slopes of Mount
Meru, the second tallest after Kilimanjaro.
MLN landed in
Tanzania a few years ago from neighbouring Kenya, hence posing a
major food security threat in the east African nation and the
region at large. The disease arises from the interaction of two
viruses: maize chlorotic mottle virus (MSMV) and a virus from a
group named potyviruses, often sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV).
farmers to venture into crop rotation farming technique, which
is one of the solutions being proposed to reduce the pain of MLN,”
she said, adding: “Other farmers are being told on their need to
go into other crops, but, farmers are reluctant to change,
arguing that other crops are not as lucrative as maize.”
according to Grace, helps to break the virus in the soil as the
disease is most rampant in maize plantations.
encouraging farmers to set on fire the remains of the maize
plants because if they are left in the field, the disease will
remain as the virus will also remain in that to infect another
crop in the next farming season,” Grace said.
Mrisho Gambo, Arusha
Regional Commissioner, called upon agricultural experts in the
region to work closely with farmers and advise them on how to
deal with the disease.
“As a government,
we’re working hard to find a sustainable and widely applicable
solution to the new maize challenge, which is now posing a food
security concern, particularly in the affected areas,” Gambo
said, directing extension officers to carry-out regular visits
to farmers and collectively address MLN.
one of the affected farmers in the district said farmers in the
area were disappointed by the disease, which seems not easily
contained using pesticides.
Like many farmers on
slopes of Mount Meru, Nkatisi’s hopes vanished in a thin air, as
nothing remained on his five-acre farm because of the disease.
Tanzania, China pledge to
consolidate cultural relations
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The governments of Tanzania and China on
Friday pledged to consolidate cultural relations between the two
countries for the benefit of their peoples.
to Tanzania Lu Youqing said the already cemented bilateral
relations have enabled more interactions among the peoples of
the two countries in sharing skills and experiences towards
exploitation of available opportunities.
The Chinese envoy
was speaking at the launch of the Chinese Intangible Cultural
Heritage Week at the Chinese Cultural Center in Tanzania’s
commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
“Our people have
been sharing knowledge in sectors of education and economy
through trainings, exchange programs and so on, and the results
of this have been beneficial to both countries,” said Lu.
Lilly Beleko, an
official from the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and
Sports, said Tanzania has been benefiting from scholarship
programs that benefit up to 200 Tanzanians annually to acquire
higher education in China.
“This has enabled
Tanzanians to learn Chinese cultures, technologies, and skills
which have been applied in different fields of development in
the country as they returned home,” she said.
Beleko said the
cultural relations were aimed at creating communities that
respected the other society’s cultures and became able to live
together peacefully and interact for economic development.