Dodoma — THE Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza, has promised to give sunflower seeds to farmers in Nyamtukuza and Kakonko wards in Kakonko District, Kigoma Region, to help in meeting increased demand.
A statement issued on Tuesday noted that the minister made a pledge in a recent tour of the wards which are located in his constituency. Mr Chiza is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Buyungu Constituency since 2005.
The pledge is in line with the promises he made during the previous general elections which included uplifting the agricultural sector, education, health and sports.
The residents of the two wards had asked for help from the minister saying that villagers in the neighbourhood received subsidiSed seeds but they were left out.
The minister noted that in the previous season he also dished out sunflower seeds but were not enough given the high demand in the district.
The Kikonko Chairman of District Council who is also the Kokonko Ward CouncilLor, Mr Juma Maganga Mhunga, said that farmers in the area have in recent years resolved to cultivate the crop due to favourable climate. The situation has led to a high demand of seeds.
In another development, the minister handed over 100 bags of maize to be distributed in hospitals, secondary and primary schools. The support aims at helping hospitals and school feeding programmes.
The minister also supported youths in games by giving out 100 footballs where every village will get two.
"We want to launch a constituency cup and every village should form a team and participate with a view to getting one strong district team that will participate in higher level leagues," she said.
He called on youths to take sports and games seriously and shun from taking part in crime and other dangerous behaviour.