Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Catering Firm Vows to Support Agriculture in Mara

Mara — AKO Catering Services Limited has pledged to support farming activities in the communities surrounding the North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District of Mara Region.

This is a local company that provides catering services to several major gold mines in the country. It started business at the North Mara Gold Mine in October, this year.

"We are planning to start supporting farmers in villages around the mine. We will also be buying their products," AKO Project Manager at North Mara Gold Mine, Mr Ratheesh Ram, said in Tarime recently.

The official was speaking shortly after handing over food stuffs donated by the company to help hundreds of young girls who fled their homes to evade forced circumcision.

The girls estimated to be more than 400 have camped at Masanga FGM termination centre, which is owned and run by Roman Catholic Church in Tarime. The food stuffs donated by AKO include 200kg of rice, 50kg of beans and 20kg of sugar.

The Tarime District Commissioner (DC), Mr John Henjewele, officiated the brief handover event and hailed AKO for responding immediately in assisting the girls fleeing on-going Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) season in the area. "This is a commendable support.

It is something that was not organised or planned that the girls will camp at the centre this month," Mr Henjewele said. The district boss called for more donations from well wishers.

He confirmed that more than 400 girls hailing from some parts of Tarime and some areas of Mara Region have camped at anti-FGM local centre. FGM season normally lasts for about one month in the area. UMATI helps to cut violation of girls' rights in Butiama.

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