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First meeting with Tanzania’s new Agriculture Minister

Nation’s agriculture sector, key development priority

17 February 2016, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the first 100 days of Tanzania’s new government for prioritizing the nation’s agricultural sector as a key development priority.

Agriculture is the main activity of most of the country’s population and its development is the main means of reducing rural poverty and helping the country achieve middle-income status by 2025, he said in a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of The United Republic of Tanzania, Mwigulu Nchemba, in Rome this week

The new government, led since peaceful general elections last October by President John Pombe Magufuli has by all accounts has been highly successful, he noted.

FAO’s chief and Nchemba discussed the fruitful partnership between FAO and the government and agreed to intensify collaboration in the coming years.

FAO Director-General invited the Minister to sign the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing which FAO is promoting.

The Director-General reiterated his invitation to the Minister for Tanzania  to participate in the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa.