TANZANIAN PM CALLS FOR EFFORTS TO REVIVE COUNTRY’S COTTON INDUSTRY

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called on cotton industry stakeholders across the country to come up with lasting solutions to challenges confronting the sector and to apply modern farming technology to boost productivity.

Speaking during the official opening of a cotton industry stakeholders' meeting in Shinyanga municipality, some 960 kilometres northwest of here last Friday, Majaliwa said cotton was among the top cash crops in the country and the stakeholders must do everything in their power to regain cotton's lost glory.

He urged each stakeholder to come up with an idea which will help to boost cotton production in the country, especially at this time when the government was gearing the country up for an industry-driven economy. "The government wants to see cotton production gaining its momentum like before, when it was called 'white gold'; it is high time we revive this crop, he said.

According to Majaliwa, the aim of the meeting was to bring together cotton farmers, stakeholders and the government to discuss various challenges affecting cotton farming and production. He said there must be means of helping and supporting individual farmers and councils which engage in cotton farming.

He added that as a result of poor supervision and negligence by officials, cotton production had dropped and farmers had become discouraged from proceeding with cultivating the crop. The government was determined to revive the crop along with other crops in the country such as coffee, tobacco, cashew nuts and tea, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK