What follow is a compilation of two articles that were posted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI); Click here for the original articles ONE and TWO.
Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Adam Kighoma Ali Malima, praised the development of agriculture in Indonesia. He said Tanzanian farmers should learn about agriculture to Indonesian farmers in improving the quality of crops. “Tanzaniana should learn about irrigation from Indonesia to improve the quality of their crops” said Halima in his visit to the Nane Nane Festival at Morogoro, Wednesday (6/8).
Tanzanian farmers get many benefits from the Farmers Agriculture Rural Training Centre (FARTC), established in Mkindo by Indonesian farmers through Yayasan Amal Masyarakat Petani Indonesia (YAMPI) in 1996. Through FARTC, Indonesian agriculture experts provide training for Tanzanian farmers.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Zakaria Anshar, was invited as the guest of Honour to the Nane Nane Festival due to Indonesia’s contribution in developing Tanzanian agriculture. He encouraged Tanzania’s governmental efforts in improving its agriculture. “The Tanzanian government has done many things to improve its agriculture. I can see the effort in this festival. As an agricultural country, Indonesia will support Tanzania, as Tanzanian economy depends heavily on agriculture, which accounts for more than 25 percent of the GDP, provides 85 percent of all exports, and employs 80 percent of the work force,” he said.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza, said Indonesia plays an important role in Tanzanian agriculture. “Indonesia has an important role in developing agriculture in Tanzania by providing knowledge and training for our farmers,” said the minister.
Nane Nane, an agricultural festival, is a public holiday in Tanzania, held on August 8th. The Nane Nane exhibition is a national event celebrated to recognize farmers’ contribution to the Tanzanian economy. It provides farmers and stake holders an opportunity to exchange knowledge and business. Nane Nane is celebrated in 7 zones: Northern Arusha, Eastern Morogoro, Lake Mwanza, Highland Mbeya, Southern Lindi and Songea, Western Tabora, and Central Dodoma, from August 1st to 8th, annually.
Agriculture plays an important role in Tanzanian economy. Agriculture provides 85 percent of exports, with cash crops such as coffee, tea, cotton, cashews, sisal, and pyrethrum accounting for the majority of export earnings. (Source: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dar Es Salam)