Coast regional commissioner Mwantumu Mahiza has called on development partners to provide tractors to Pwani Youth Centres of Execellence (PYCE) to enable 38 groups to cultivate large-scale farms in an effort to curb unemployment and poverty.
The call to this end was made recently at a short function during which the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) handed over a check worth 11.4m/- to PYCE groups.
The funds were meant for buying various equipments, including wheel barrows, buckets, spades and pipes, which could be used at the sites of building projects given by the district councils in the region.
Each group would receive 300,000/- as capital. The youths, totaling 350, received the funds after attending one-month training on making bricks of soil cement and building modern houses at low cost that was held from February 1 to March 3, this year at Msoga village in Bagamoyo district.
The youths came from five districts in the region, which are Bagamoyo, Kibaha, Kisarawe, Rufiji and Mkuranga and Kibaha.
"I should thank you for your assistance. The funds would be used for buying equipment…But I request you to bring a new tractor and you will see how the youths would use it. This is to all other interested organisations, let them bring us tractors, we have enough land for cultivation," she said.
Mahiza said that the region had a number of jobless youths and that such an offer would help them to do solve the problem of unemployment and poverty. The RC said that 47.19 per cent of the regional population was made up of youths, most of them unemployed and poor.
She said that 19.01 per cent out of the total youth percentage were educated and had no problem of unemployment because the government had already given them jobs in various sectors.
The rest 28.18 out of the total percentage had secondary and primary education, as a result were lacking employment in the region. The Regional Commissioner said that she would focus on youths in primary and secondary schools.
"Poverty is not disability; let us tackle the problem to the end, until when they [youths] are safe. We have every resource, including fertile land, why should they suffer from poverty and unemployment? Let us support them," she said.
The RC told the 72 youths, who represented their colleagues during the function that the government had already released 100 bags of cement to each group and that each one could be allowed to collect the consignment after securing a project.