By Azania Post Reporter
TANGA region in Eastern Tanzania has embarked on a campaign to revive cassava production which has great economic potentials for farmers and government.
Speaking the Tanga Regional Administrative Secretary Zena Ahmed, said already the team of experts from Ministry of Agriculture has visited the area to see how to develop the crop.
She said the region has long-term plans of reviving the cassava production whereas every house will be required to plant one acre to improve food security.
Either she said the regional authorities have been talking with the National Service (JKT) to see on how to produce more cassava seed and distribute to farmers on time.
However, she said the market availability of the crop is a big challenge to farmers since most of them have not access it.
A garden expert identified as Tabu Likoko said through Agricultural Sector Development Program ( ASDPII) the cassava crop has been given first priority.
She said the crop has been seen as one of a major source of income for farmers in Tanga, Coast, Lindi, and Mtwara regions.
Responding to market challenges, she said already the government of China and Tanzania has entered into an agreement to sell the crop to Beijing.
She said the Tanzania government is now looking for the best method to involve the private sector to engage farmers in cassava production.
On his part, a cassava seed farmer identified as Ilale Protasi said the crop has totally changed his life as he is able to pay to meet various family expenses such as school fees.
He asked the regional government to help them to access reliable market and establishment of small processing industries in order to avoid losses from post-harvest.