Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Kagera Sugarcane Farmers in Plea for Subsidised Fertiliser

SUGARCANE outgrowers in Misenyi District have appealed to the government to supply them with subsidised fertilisers to boost production of the crop.

The Secretary General of Misenyi Sugarcane Outgrowers (MSOG), Mr Juma Abas, said over 50 small farmers had united and formed an association which aimed to pull them out of poverty. He said the farmers lacked enough fertilisers, insecticides and had poor infrastructure.

According to Mr Abas, the farmers were demanding over 200m/- from the Kagera Sugar Company for their sugarcane which was delivered over three months ago.

The Acting Kagera Sugar General Manager, Mr Vicent Mtaki, said the farmers were recently paid over 1.3bn/-, adding that the remaining 200m/- would be paid soon.

Meanwhile, Bukoba Auxiliary Bishop Methodius Kilaini of the Bukoba Catholic Diocese and Bishop Elisa Buberwa of the North-Western Diocese of the Lutheran Church (NWD-ELCT) have appealed to Kagera residents to celebrate the festive season calmly and avoid evil acts.

The bishops made the appeal in their Christmas greetings as millions of Christians the world over prepare to celebrate Christmas in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ who was born over 2,000 years ago.

Auxiliary Bishop Kilaini noted that Christmas should make people turn over a new leaf and thank God for His kindness.

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