DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- Tanzanian Members of
Parliament meeting in the capital Dodoma for the
marathon budget session on Sunday urged the government
to set aside a special budget for fighting destructive
observed that the armyworms had already wreaked havoc in
the east African nation and caused panic to famers,
sparking fears of a looming hunger crisis.
a seminar jointly organized by the Ministry of
Agriculture and the Tropical Pesticides Research
Institute (TPRI), the MPs said in addition to setting
aside the special budget, the government should declare
the fall-armyworms invasion a national disaster.
Lusinde, the MP for Mtera constituency, said the pace at
which the armyworms were spreading around the country
was worrying and there was need for the government to
take it as a matter of urgency.
“This is a
disaster. Our farmers cannot fight the pests
singlehandedly. We need to come up with a special budget
to fight the armyworms before the situation is out of
control,” said the lawmaker.
Maneno Chidege, a pest and pesticides management
specialist with the TPRI, fall armyworms have caused a
loss amounting to 13.4 million U.S. dollars since they
entered the African continent.
Susan Kiwanga from Mlimba constituency, also appealed to
the government to set the special budget on emergency
response, the Minister for Agriculture, Charles Tizeba,
said the government was taking various measures to
contain the armyworms, including educating farmers on
steps to be taken in controlling the pests and
distribution of pesticides to affected areas.
this year, the government of Tanzania said it had
supplied pesticides to southern highlands to control the
armyworms that were destroying crops at an alarming rate
in some parts of the country.
government is aware of the invasion of the armyworms in
southern highland regions and efforts to contain them
are in place,” said Beatus Malema, the acting director
for crop development in the Ministry of Agriculture.
highlands regions of Rukwa, Mbeya, Njombe and Iringa are
the country’s bread basket, producing most of the food
for about 54 million people.
the armyworms came into the country through Rukwa region
in February last year, and entered the African continent
through Ghana in 2016 from the United States and Brazil.
the UN Food and Agriculture Organization entered into
two agreements worth 2 million U.S. dollars with
Tanzanian government to boost surveillance of fall
Tanzania to import over
70,000 tonnes of sugar to fill shortfall
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)--
The government of Tanzania has
ordered importation of 70,354.35 tonnes of sugar to fill
the deficit facing the east African nation, a senior
official said on Sunday.
Tizeba, the Minister for Agriculture, said 60,539.35
tonnes of sugar out of the consignment will arrive in
the country next week, adding that the remaining 9,815
tonnes of the commodity will be imported in June.
to be imported plus the sugar stored in warehouses will
fill the deficit,” said Tizeba in the capital Dodoma.
He said the
country’s demand for domestic sugar was 485,000 tonnes
for domestic use and 145,000 tonnes for industrial use
In May last
year, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced
the importation of 131,000 tonnes of sugar to fill
told the National Assembly that there was sugar deficit
of 100,000 tonnes annually caused by poor production of
He said only
320,000 tonnes of sugar were being produced by four
local manufacturers annually against the east African
nation’s annual demand of 420,000 tonnes.
this year, the Sugar Board of Tanzania said the country
planned to increase sugar production from the current
300,000 tonnes annually to 420,000 tonnes by 2020/2022.
four sugar manufacturing factories are TPC in
Kilimanjaro region, Kagera Sugar Limited in Kagera
region, Mtibwa Sugar Limited and Kilombero Sugar Company
in Morogoro region.