Magufuli orders undeveloped sisal farms given to citizenry

08Aug 2017
The Guardian Reporter
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Magufuli orders undeveloped sisal farms given to citizenry

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday ordered the undeveloped  14,000 hectares  of sisal farms in Handeni District be seized and immediately given to farmers and pastoralists in the area.


He made the directives yesterday when addressing thousands of people in Handeni District,  Tanga Region in the last day of his five-day official tour.                                                                                  According to him, there were hectares of sisal farms that had turned into bushes as they were left idle without cultivating them for years.

“But as per Land Act no 4 and 5 of 1999 the government decided to remove their title deeds. So what I want is for the 14 hectares to be distributed to the farmers and pastoralists for them to overcome hunger and famine,”

“You should confiscate all undeveloped farms and reallocate them to wananchi who will develop them…It is unfair for a few people to hoard large chunks of land, while majority of Tanzanians having none,” he said.

The president added that most of conflicts between farmers and pastoralists had been caused by people who had hoarded large chunks of land.

He also applauded Handeni residents for their continued efforts spend in agricultural activities urging them to keep on investing in agricultural activities for their development.

“'I have seen your agriculture efforts along the way from Korogwe to Handeni, there is a lot of maize. So you have plenty of food, keep on doing this to abstain from hunger problems,” President Magufuli told a  cheering rally that gathered to listen him.

He also told the wananchi that the government had removed the crops service levy for 80 per cent for crop vans below one tonne.Magufuli also assured Handeni citizens that the government was going to address water challenges in the district, saying that it has embarked on a 200bn/- project that will see water challenges in the district being a history.

“The project will be implemented in three phases and I’m sure in the completion of the phases of implementation which will include also drilling wells and dams and also bringing water from Pangani river, Handeni districts will no longer face water woes,” he said. 

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