By Moshi Shabani
Zanzibar Island will reduce the gap of importing rice for the next three years after start using the new technology of planting paddy, which believed to improve their harvests.
Isles paddy farmers were recently implementing traditional techniques which involving random planting and flooding the field with water.
The implementation of new technology to paddy farming will assists the isles to reduce the importation of rice from the currently figures of 70 percent to zero.
Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries in Zanzibar, Hamad Rashid assured to reduce to end importation of rice after three years because of applying new technology of planting paddy that needs small water and fertilizer.
The minister told Azania Post over the weekend that the new technology enables the farmers to improve their harvests and make citizens enjoy availability of the rice which is a staple food to many of the Zanzibaris.
"We thank Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute (KATI) in Zanzibar for their research which comes up with this new technology of improving paddy farming, we have started to experience the different, the results are visible, so after three years we will no longer importing rice from anywhere,” he said.
According to him, if the results will be against his expectation even after using new technology he will be ready to step down. “We will not rely on imported rice, otherwise I will resign."
Rashid said the new technology enable them to harvest 10 tonnes from one hector for rain-fed agriculture, but previously when cultivated for irrigation they managed to produce four tonnes.
On other development, Hamadi declared to get enough revenue from sands tax collection, said currently about 74m/- collected per month compare to previous where they were collecting only 10 million shillings.