Zanzibar minister for Trade and Industries, Ambassador Amina Salum Ali told the House of Representative as she presented the ministry's budget proposal for 2020/21.
According to her, the government is currently finalizing talks with investors from Indonesia so as to commence the construction of the giant seaweed processing plant in the Isles.
She said that the government is aware of the challenges facing seaweed growers which including unreliable and unpredictable prices but those challenges are going to be tackled after soon after the plant is built.
"The factory will help seaweed growers to harvest the produce and process it locally instead of transporting it as raw materials. Our aim is to see farmers improving their lives and income as they will be sure of the market of their produce," she said.
The minister said that Zanzibar has historically been among the largest producers and exporters of seaweed in the world. It is the third country in Africa.
She hailed women who have invested their efforts to produce seaweed something which has transformed their income and they are no longer economic dependent.
She further wanted seaweed farmers to apply modern farming methods and technologies which including using quality seeds for better harvests.
"Farmers in Pemba have gone one step ahead as they produce quality seaweed that can compete well in the international market," she added.
The minister further requested the House of Representative to approve the ministry's budget amounting to 23.57bn/- for the 2020/21 fiscal year.