Dodoma — GOVERNMENT promises to support youth who choose to venture into establishing income generating activities through agriculture.
Announcing the decision in Dodoma, Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda told the Parliament that government is encouraged by initiatives shown by various youth groups and graduates and encourages more young people to emulate them.
The premier made the statement as he adjournment of the 12th Parliamentary meeting which will resume at the end of next month in Dodoma.
Mr Pinda challenged communities to extend cooperation and assistance to youth who opt for self-employment and urged experts to assist them.
He listed a number of youths groups in Tabora Region and the Sokoine University Graduates Entrepreneurs (SUGECO), as groups that are doing a great job in various projects including agricultural ones.
"I urge all Tanzanians to support these groups," he said and added that elders should insist on ethics and integrity.
On the war against drugs trafficking, the premier said Tanzania still faces a challenge as drug trafficking cases take longer in the courts, for example, out of 368 of such cases filed in court between 2010 and July, this year, only 91 have been ruled and 245 are still in court.
However, he said the war is a tough one and it was crucial to encourage those in the frontline against drugs trafficking and when possible promote and reward officers sacrificing their lives to keep Tanzania free of drugs.
On the various development programmes in the country, Mr Pinda said the programmes are accelerating well despite a few challenges and said the country's Big Results Now (BRN) initiative is set to succeed.
Commenting on the water sector, the premier said government is working on the establishment of the National Water Investment Fund.
"We have already set aside about 100m/- as seed money ahead of the Fund's establishment and the Ministry of Water will review the Water Act in order to broaden sources of income for the Fund," he said.
He asserted that the opposition camp in Parliament should learn to conduct themselves in a civilized manner and stop the culture of boycotting Parliament sessions.