Tanga — TANGA's annual income has increased by 50 per cent, from the year 2005 up to 2012, due to increased productivity in various sectors.This was revealed by the Tanga Regional Commissioner, Ms Chiku Gallawa, while explaining the achievements in productive sectors, realized in the region since the fourth phase government got into power in 2005.
She said, in 2005, the annual regional income was 4.547bn/-, but the trend kept on increasing and reached 9.805bn/-, last year.The RC said that despite the increase in internal revenue collection, budget allocation from central government has also tremendously increased in the same period.
For instance, she said, in 2005 the budget allocated from the central government was 31bn/-, but last year the allocation reached 171bn/-.Explaining the sectoral contribution, she said agriculture was the leading contributor.The performance of the sector is attributed to the increase of irrigation schemes in Muheza, Korogwe and Lushoto districts.
Other sectors which contributed significantly are industry, trade, tourism, fishing, works, transport and mining.Ms Gallawa said that the increase in productivity and subsequently in income in the region was a vivid example that the Tanga's economy was growing, quite different from ideas from some people, especially politicians, who deceive residents that the government had done nothing for their development.
According to the RC, the increase in income for the region has automatically helped to improve social services especially health and education.