ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania has called on investors to invest in the
extraction of edible oil from maize seeds to reduce importation
and address market-related challenges.
Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture said that it was time for
investors to chip in and invest in maize value addition.
The call comes at
the time when maize farmers in major maize growing regions are
complaining over lack of market for maize, the country’s main
addressing market-related challenges, the minister said: “This
will also encourage more production of maize, meeting the
country’s industrialization agenda and averting edible oil
According to the
minister, the east African nation spends at least 83.19 million
U.S. dollars annually on edible oil imports despite the
country’s potential to grow and produce edible oil.
Tanzania is being
ranked among the top 25 maize producing countries in the world
in the last two decades. The production of maize accounts for
more than 70 percent of the cereal produced in the east African
“Maize can also
produce oil and be marketable at local and international level.
It should not be used only for food consumption. Maize farming
is another area for investment, which if heavily invested will
have a significant impact on the country’s economy and across
the maize value chain.”
Tanzania issues alert over
imminent heavy rains
DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) on
Thursday issued an alert over heavy rains in some parts of the
east African nation starting from the second week of November.
Agnes Kijazi, TMA
Director General, said the imminent heavy rains were expected to
hit western, central, southern western, southern highlands and
authorities are advised to prepare a contingency plan as well as
budget necessary to cater for any negative impacts that the
rains might cause,” Kijazi told a news conference in the
commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Kijazi also urged
health authorities to take relevant precautions because there
was a possibility of an outbreak of epidemic diseases during the
She said the rains
were expected between the second week of November through April
Fourteen people were
killed by torrential rains and flooding in Dar es Salaam in
April last year.
The heavy rains
forced authorities in Dar es Salaam region to close down schools
for two days and advised families to leave inundated areas in a
bid to reduce the loss of life.
Lightning kills six pupils in
northwest region of Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
At least six school children
were killed and 25 others injured on Wednesday after lightning
hit a primary school in Tanzania’s northwest region of Geita.
Yese Kanyuma, Geita
regional education coordinator, said the lightning struck Emaco
Vision Primary School in the hilly region in the morning,
killing the six children on the spot.
Shortly after the
grisly incident, shocked parents flocked the school to identify
their killed children, said Kanyuma.
acting Geita Regional Commissioner said the school is located
about four kilometers from Geita town and has 589 pupils
including those in pre-school classes.
“It was raining and
there was thunderstorm when the lightning struck the school,” he
The lightning tore
through the roof of two classrooms used by standard two and
three students, leaving the six pupils dead, said the official.
In April 2015, six
school children and their teacher were killed by lightning that
struck Kibirizi Primary School in the Lake Tanganyika shore
region of Kigoma.
One killed and four injured in
Tanzania road accident
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A French tourist died and his four colleagues
from Belgium were injured after their vehicle overturned near
western Tanzania’s Katavi National Park, police said on
acting Katavi Regional Police Commander, said in an interview
that the accident occurred around 5 p. m. on Wednesday in an
area called Jiwe la Simba on the Sumbawanga-Mpanda road in Mlele
District, Katavi Region.
He said that the
vehicle overturned as it was heading to the Katavi National Park
at Stalike village, according to police officer Mapujilo.
Mapujilo said the
French national Alexander Paul was driving the vehicle, a Land
Rover pickup with a Burundian registration number.
tourists have been admitted to Katavi regional referral hospital
where they are receiving treatment,” he said.
Mapujilo added that
the body of the French national was being preserved in the
regional hospital pending procedures of transporting it to his
The police officer
said that the cause of the fatal accident was not yet
established and investigation was ongoing.