PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has reaffirmed his commitment to push forward the green revolution agenda, saying it was impossible for any country to advance economically without transforming its agricultural sector.
THE Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Friday dismissed the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Ms Sophia Kaduma and her team after failing to provide satisfactory answers on government strategies to help farmers increase maize production in the country.
THE Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, has invited Polish business people to invest in Tanzania. The premier who is on a two-day state visit to Poland has invited the business people to invest in agriculture, fisheries, transport, infrastructure, minerals, energy and tourism.
ZANZIBAR House of Representatives was informed on Friday that Tanzania’s Police Force has only two helicopters covering both the mainland and the Isles, but backbencher, Mr Saleh Nassor Juma (CUF-Wawi), wants one of the helicopters to be stationed on the Isles.
Mr Juma wanted to know to why there was no helicopter for the Police in Zanzibar, arguing that it is important to have one stationed on the Isles.
“Defence and security affairs including the Police fall under the Union, therefore the Isles and the mainland share available facilities like Police helicopters,” said Mr Juma.
In response, the Minister for State (responsible for Police) - Second Vice- President’s Office, Mr Mohamed Aboud Mohamed said that although the two Police helicopters are stationed in Dar es Salaam, the planes are used all over the country.
TWO more people who were injured after a petrol tanker caught fire in Mbagala on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam last week have been discharged from Temeke Hospital.
THE government has been urged to allocate enough funds for agricultural research and development, instead of depending on donor support with limited areas for research.
THE TOURISM sector will soon get a needed boost following plans to upgrade Mugumu Airstrip to an airport in Serengeti District, Mara Region.
GEITA District Council is under fire for allegedly pocketing 350m/- deducted from teachers’ salaries. Inaugurating teachers’ union office in Geita Region recently, the Secretary of Geita Teachers’ Union, Mr Aron Masalu said the money has been deducted by the council since April 2012.