Give more focus on Songwe region to increase yields, SAGCOT told

05Jul 2018
The Guardian Reporter
IRINGA
The Guardian
Give more focus on Songwe region to increase yields, SAGCOT told

THE Songwe Regional Commissioner, Col (Rtd), Chiku Galawa has called on the  Southern  Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania centre to treat Songwe region as a special strategic area in developing agricultural development in the country.

Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania board chairman Ally Laay (L) shares a light moment with Iringa Regional Commissioner Amina Msenza (3rd-L) and other government officials at a valuation meeting held in Iringa municipality yesterday on the implementation of a project meant to improve agriculture in the Ihemi cluster. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

She said Songwe region, which falls within the Mbalali Cluster in SAGCOT initiative, was one of the gifted areas for agriculture and potential in the agri-businesses that has not been fully tapped.

Speaking at a Strategic meeting to review implementation of the SAGCOT’s Agricultural Development in the Southern Highlands, the regional Commissioner said there was  need to treat Songwe as a a priority in agricultural development.

“For Songwe region to unleash its full potential in agriculture and associated activities, there is need to ensure that we are assisted in terms of scouting for investors in the agriculture and processing agricultural produce,” she said.

She said so far, the region had identified special green belt for the horticulture and flowers together with the industrial park near the Songwe International Airport, which is accessible to both Dar es salaam-mbeya highway and TAZARA train transport.

The RC said lake Rukwa basin has also been identified for the production of rice, while Ileje district, which  she said is a major producer of quality pyrethrum in the country had been identified to develop coffee, sunflower, avocadoes, maize and other legume products. Mbozi district she said had also identified the same crops.

She said out of the 12 divisions available in the regions, 7 have identified Sunflower, as a priority products, saying the challenges have been in ensuring that seeds for the cash crops are available to farmers in time.

Speaking at the same meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of SAGCOT, Mr Geoffrey Kirenga  said the two-day meeting, which ended yesterday was meant to review implementation of the SAGCOT initiatives in the Ihemi Cluster.

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