PRIME MINISTER Kassim Majaliwa has said the Sixth Phase Government headed by President Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan is committed to developing grape farming and ensuring it brings productivity to farmers.
He said this when he visited the vineyards in Dodoma region including the Chinangali Farm which has a size of 600 acres and of those, 300 acres are developed for the cultivation of grapes.
He said the grapes found in Dodoma region are of great value and are good for the production of wine compared to grapes grown in other areas while advising residents of Dodoma region including civil servants to seize the opportunity.
The Prime Minister has used the opportunity to assure grape growers that the Government is committed to improving the cultivation of this crop because agriculture is a savior for Tanzanians.
“Hon. President Samia has instructed farmers to be assisted from the initial stages of field preparation, seed availability, inputs to the market search stage” Hon Majaliwa.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hussein Bashe, said the ministry was in the process of reviving the Chinangali Grape Farm, which is 600 acres in size, of which 300 acres have been developed and have already started renovating the water system.
“We have successfully rehabilitated three wells that supply water to the irrigation dam and that we hope to rehabilitate the entire irrigation system” Mh Bashe
The Minister also said that in addition to re-installing the irrigation system, they have also set a target of producing 500,000 seedlings for re-planting of the field.
Despite the grape crop being grown in various parts of the country as a commercial crop and as a source of income and growth for the national economy, there are three types of grapes grown in Tanzania which are wine grapes, table grapes and dried grapes which are all produced. Dodoma.
Dodoma is the only grape growing region in Tanzania and even in East Africa it is the richest region in the world and its environment.