PM calls for expansion of sesame cultivation

26Jun 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Lindi
The Guardian
PM calls for expansion of sesame cultivation

​​​​​​​PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called upon farmers of various cash crops including sesame farmers to continue cultivating the crops and that the issue of the drop in prices in this season should not discourage them as it was just a matter of time.

He said the government is still working on the issue and that the country’s crops prices will strengthen after the increase   of possessing factories in the country, saying  farmers will have reliable markets.

The premier was speaking at a public rally on Wednesday in Nachingwea Ward, Ruangwa district, Lindi region during his working visit when he  urged   farmers not to abandon farming.

“Drop of the sesame price  should not discourage you and abandon farming, because the drop is not for sesame alobe, but also for other crops such as tea, tobacco, coffee and others. The situation has been caused by the global   Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

He said the government expects that as the pandemic continues declining in many world countries, prices of crops will improve, and called upon them to exercise patience.   

The PM also used the occasion to invite both local and foreign investors to invest in various agro industries because they will be assured of raw materials as well as adequate power supply.

He said among things which the  fifth phase   government of President John Magufuli has been emphasizing is   strengthening of  agricultural sector to make the country self sufficient in food, adding:  “The issue of   prices crops is determined by buyers and the government is a mere administrator.”

The PM also thanked the residents of Ruangwa district for their unity and solidarity during the entire five years and called upon them to continue doing so for the development of the district and the nation in general.