The government has stepped up production of palm trees, to stop the import of edible oil into the country. Each year, the government spends over $ 400 billion to import cooking oil. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa revealed it yesterday after inspecting a palm plantation belonging to the Bulombora National Service (JKT) Camp, as part of its working tour in the Kigoma region.
As such, the PM called on the District Commissioners (DC) and District Executive Directors (DED) of the Kigoma region to effectively coordinate palm production in their respective areas. He also called on them to maintain a database of farms, which will contain, among other things, information such as the number of farmers, the size of the farm and their location.
According to him, the move will help facilitate the provision of services for palm production. “The government is committed to ensuring close monitoring of palm production from the start until the seedlings are secured. Parents, establish palm farms for your children for their bright future and economic development… It will help them not to be dependent, ”noted Mr. Majaliwa.
Likewise, the Prime Minister urged people coming from areas known for palm production to increase crops to increase their income and the country as a whole. “Invest in palm production for your own development and that of your children,” the PM noted. Mr. Majaliwa revealed that the government has made great achievements in the production of cash crops, including cashew, tobacco, cotton, coffee and tea.
Based on the results, the government has also focused on more crops, including the production of palm trees, sisal, grapes and avocados, to be grown in large quantities and increase their value. He applauded the Bulombora National Service Camp for accepting the government’s call to go into palm production, pointing out that their farm sets a good example in producing the crop.
For his part, the head of the national service, Brigadier General Rajabu Mabele, noted that the camp plans to grow 2,000 acres of palm trees in phases. He pointed out that last year they cultivated 500 acres and this year they are planning an additional 500 acres. In 2019, the government set aside US $ 4.3 million to boost palm oil cultivation as part of its strategy to end the import of edible oil. The Kigoma region in Tanzania has shown resilience in this agriculture.
A number of strategies have been put in place to increase palm oil production. The government has promised to help farmers with oil palm seeds, which have become a priority in the agricultural sector. Farmers cultivated the crop in the early 1920s as it continues to gain popularity.
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