DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
A senior Tanzanian government official said on Monday plans are
afoot to modernize and commercialize agriculture to enable the
east African nation attain middle-income status by 2025.
agricultural sector should grow at between 8 and 10 percent in
order to move (the) majority of Tanzanians out of poverty,” said
Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture
“This is why the
government has put in place strategies to ensure the sector is
commercialized, modernized and made profitable,” he said.
Biswalo told the
start of consultative talks on Tanzania Agribusiness Mapping,
held in Arusha city, agriculture has great potential for growth
and comparative advantages when different parameters are
sector plays a significant role in inflation control as more
than 95 percent of food requirements in the country are obtained
from locally produced crops.
The sector also
provides 65 percent of industrial raw materials in the country
and contributes about 30 percent of export earnings.
New strategies to
stimulate the sector’s growth include the recently developed
Tanzania Business Enabling Environment Support program, with the
support of the World Bank Group, Biswalo said.
The program would
focus on agri-business, specifically supporting investment
generation and the fast growing horticulture value chain, he