Mwanza — The Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) has named the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda. 'Champion of Kilimo Kwanza' for 2014.
ACT Board Chairman, Dr Sinare Yusuf Sinare said here in Mwanza following the closure of the Nane Nane exhibition in the Lake Zone that the Premier is recognised for his contribution towards the agricultural sector since he assumed office.
Premier Pinda, according to Dr Sinare, succeeds President Jakaya Kikwete who won the award in 2012. He said both leaders have demonstrated a true commitment in boosting agriculture in the country.
"The Prime Minister has indeed been actively involved in the development of the agriculture sector and it is no wonder he is called 'Son of a farmer' noted Dr Sinare.
Dr Sinare added that Mr Pinda has become a dedicated farmer as records show he has a number of quality farms where he cultivates various crops.
Dr Sinare said as soon as he was appointed to office, Mr Pinda initiated the establishment of the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP) and the Green Revolution campaign in six regions.
Other initiatives include the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) an inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership, and laying emphasis on free markets for farmers. The Premier championed the use of technology in agriculture that led to the importation of powered tillers.
"The Prime Minister pushed hard for the establishment of the Agricultural Bank still in the offing. As a result of all his initiatives, we are proud of him," he said.
The Premier accepting the award said Tanzanians must think beyond subsistinence farming and engage in modern agricultural practices by embracing.
He challenged youth to venture in the sector and do away with the myth that agriculture is a punishment. He urged both educated and uneducated youth to change their mindsets and view the sector as a money making venture.