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Tanzania Bans Unprocessed Food Crops Including Staple Food Maize

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After ban of gold and copper export Tanzanian has now stopped selling of unprocessed food crops outside the country. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the ban on Monday amid celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Moshi Municipality. The measure has been taken to encourage investment in agro-processing industries and it will create employment too in Tanzania, said Majaliwa. PM added the ...

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Namtumbo farmers get vouchers

Namtumbo District in Ruvuma Region has received a total of 35,900 vouchers for subsidized agricultural inputs for the year 2013/14. The issuance of the vouchers is a move that is tailored to increase the productivity of farmers in the district. Mr...

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Kagera per capita income increases

The per capita income for residents of Kagera region has increased by 28.1 per cent from 559,070/- during 2011 to 716,209/- during 2012, it has been disclosed. The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Zonal Economic Manager, Mr Mussa Mziya, told the ‘Sunday News’ that per capita income for Shinyanga residents increased from 565,973/- during...

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BRN to guide farming in Rukwa

Farmers in Rukwa Region are expected to cultivate 44,349 hectares of various food crops and 123,124 hectares of cash crops, this year. According to statistics issued by the ...

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How Mangoes helped Bugesera farmer escape poverty trap

In Mayange sector, Bugesera District, lives Thadée Munyemana, a prominent fruit farmer who appears to see opportunities where others don’t. Thadée Munyemana inspects his mangoes (above) and pineapples (below left) in his farm in Bugesera. He calls upon farmers to consider adding value to their produce. Having lived all his life on farmland, Munyemana has tried almost all types of crops that can grow in Rwanda. Some have disappointed him; others have changed his life, while some few have earned him a fortune. Now the 56-year-old farmer earns about Rwf2 million per season from a 12-acre piece of land. How he started Born in a subsistence peasant family, Munyemana never set foot in a classroom. Instead, he joined his parents in a struggle to put food on the table. “I never complained because the situation was clear to me. My parents could not afford school fees. The situation was not any different for most children in my village—one had to struggle on your own…” A few privileged children, however, attended school and Munyemana admired them. “We used to admire those children from rich families who went to school, especially whenever they returned to village during school holidays.” Taking his call seriously, Munyemana started on two acres of land he inherited from his departed parents. He cultivated traditional crops including cassava, beans, and maize. “I realised that farming without specialising would not lead me anywhere. I struggled to put my name across the market, nobody knew me until I decided to specialise in cassava and maize.” Yet as people’s standards of living kept improving, most started looking at traditional food crops like cassava as secondary. ...

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Kagera RC touts cassava farming to combat climate change

Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Fabian Massawe, has advised farmers in the region to increase production of cassava following a scientific report that...

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Gakenke sugar cane growers decry poor sales

Nkurikiyimana and daughter wait for customers at Gakenke town. Sugar cane growers in Gakenke District have decried the lack of market. Denis Nkurikiyimana, one of the cane farmers, said they depend on sugar cane sales to buy foodstuffs and other essential items. He said a big sugar cane costs Rwf100. Evelgiste Gasasa, the executive secretary of Gakenke sector, advised the cane farmers to diversify and grow food crops. The type of cane grown in the area is not for sugar production. By Seraphine Habimana,The New Times

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