Shein praises this year’s DITF

07Jul 2016
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
Shein praises this year’s DITF

ZANZIBAR President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein has applauded this year's Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) saying the innovation of agricultural products including equipment that will be used for growing of sea weed is commendable.

Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein

Dr Shein said the equipment will boost the sea weed cultivation, thus contributing to the growing of Zanzibar’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“I am happy for this year's exhibition, the innovation of machinery will boost sea weed cultivation in the Isles and expand its market internationally”, he said adding that farmers will now produce more.

He was speaking after visiting several pavilions at the 40th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF)

For his part, the Minister for Agriculture in Zanzibar, Hamad Rashid said that sea weeds cultivation had contributed to the growth of Isle's economy whereby about 16,500 tones are produced per year.

“It is through exportation of this crop that Zanzibar got some foreign currencies,” he noted.

He called upon the manufacturers to innovate and produce affordable agricultural machines which are suitable for smallholder farmers and not for those with large plantations only.

Commenting on the DITF, President Shein said many things have improved including packaging of products compared to previous exhibitions.
He said to achieve the industrialization dream, efforts should also be directed on improvement of agriculture.

The President however noted that construction of processing industries will boost agriculture.

He called on the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) and Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) to come with innovative ideas that will help the country to improve crop cultivation.