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Tanzanian: Government to irrigate farming to boost GDP growth


Tanzanian lawmakers encouraged the government on Monday to invest extensively in irrigation farming, which they believe has a better chance of increasing the country’s GDP development.

While debating the Prime Minister’s Office budget recommendations for 2022/2023, parliamentarians noted that the government should also invest in agricultural research and seed development to make agriculture more productive.

According to Daniel Sillo, an MP for the Babati Rural seat, “building and upgrading irrigation infrastructure is critical to achieving exceptional agricultural outputs that can contribute to GDP growth.”

“Some of the things that the government needs to do are create unique agricultural zones and improve research to generate the greatest seeds in the country,” he told the House in Dodoma.

Jason Rweikiza, a member of Parliament from the Bukoba Rural constituency, has urged the government to properly utilize the country’s rivers and lakes for agricultural purposes.

Reiki encouraged the government to set up a task team to look into camp farming, in which unemployed youngsters can be given land, loans, fertilizer, and other agricultural supplies to help them start a business.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said in his budget plans filed in parliament last week that a total of 3,600 youngsters would be taught contemporary farming methods employing the newest technologies in the fiscal year 2021/2022.