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Tanzania wants investors in edible oil extraction from maize

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.

Charles Tizeba, 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 staple food.

Apart from 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 imports.”

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 nation.

“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 southern coast.

“Disaster management 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 period.

She said the rains were expected between the second week of November through April 2019.

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.

Josephat Maganga, 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 said.

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 Thursday.

Benedictor Mapujilo, 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.

“The injured 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 country.

The police officer said that the cause of the fatal accident was not yet established and investigation was ongoing.


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