Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

9 August 2014

Tanzania: ANSAF Calls for Better Agricultural Policies

AGRICULTURE Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF) has asked the government to regulate and facilitate policies that create good environment in agricultural activities.

ANSAF Executive Director Mr Audax Rukonge made the call in the city over the weekend, when speaking at a three-day interactive workshop that called the media and academic institutions to develop on issues that attract more youth into agriculture related businesses.

"There is need for the government to come up with strategies that create attractive environment in Agriculture to enable the youth engage in agricultural activities for their welfare and the country in general," he said.

He complained over poor perceptions among the people mostly the youth that farming was meant for the failures and people without education.

"Such perceptions are caused by unattractive environment to agriculture," he added. He said that gorgeous environment to agriculture helps the youth to consider agriculture activities as the most paying business and thus help them reduce the number of unemployed youth in the country.

On the other hand, Mr Rukonge said agriculture is not considered to be a delivering type of lifestyles and status that young people desire and expect.

According to the statistics, youth unemployment in urban areas stands at 7.8 per cent and 16.5 per cent in rural areas.

The workshop was convened to update researchers, academics and journalists on efforts made to improve agricultural sector in the country.

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