He said the agricultural sector that includes crops, livestock, fishing, forests and immovable resources continue to be the main pillar of Zanzibar’s economy.
The minister was speaking at State House in Zanzibar when presenting a report for the implementation of the ministry’s work plan for FY 2019/2020 and work plan for FY 2020/2021.
He said the sector contributes directly to the people in their wellbeing whereas 40 percent of them have been employed therein and it is estimated that about 70 percent of the citizens depend on the sector which in 2019 contributed 21.2 percent to the national income.
Speaking about theft and rampant quarrying of sand, Mjawiri said the ministry working together with Zanzibar security organs has established a patrol unit that continues tackling the issue of illegal quarrying and rampant tree cutting.
He said the 2020/2021 work plan aims to spur revolution in agriculture, livestock and fisheries from traditional farming practices to sustainable commercial farming.
He explained that in general 263 people have been employed including farm hands and officers in various cadres including 68 experts.
He said in 2020/21 the ministry also aims to construct irrigation infrastructures in 65 hectares of land and refurbish 87 hectares of land.
He further said that the ministry will increase rice production to an average of 50,000 tonnes a year as well as provision of tractors and other farming equipment to farmers.
On his part, the Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein called on the ministry to continue working hard despite huge achievements already attained.
He said his belief is that the exercise has greatly assisted in assessing activities of government ministries.