Tanzania’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Sophia Mduma has urged farmers in the country to use greenhouse technology to boost harvests.
Speaking at the national agricultural show in Lindi yesterday, Mduma stated that it is high time farmers boosted their production using modern farming technologies, as the traditional methods of production cannot sufficiently sustain food security.
“Agricultural sector hires many people in the country. Therefore, to continue producing by traditional methods that were used long time ago will not enable us improve production. We need to ensure that we change the sector by employing improved technologies that are readily accessible within Tanzania,” Mduma explained.
The greenhouse technology increases good growth of crops and minimizes the adverse effects that of heavy rains or drought. The technology is applicable in urban and rural areas.
Mduma noted that the annual agricultural show is crucial as it provides stakeholders in the sector a chance to see how to improve the sector to bolster the nation’s prosperity.
“We are very pleased that despite a few challenges, the event that has been organized in almost every zone has proved successful and a couple of exhibitors have appeared in a bid to exchange marketing information, experience and display their produces,” Mduma said.