From a Correspondent in Zanzibar, 21st February 2011 @ 11:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3337
ZANZIBAR government has hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran's decision to support agriculture, saying it would have a big impact on her economy.
President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein said yesterday at a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Mohsin Ghomi, at the State House in Unguja.
"The Zanzibar government has worked out strategies to build the capacity of farmers on the Isles," he told the envoy.
In addition to strenghtening modern agriculture practices, the government has also increased agriculture implements.
Iran's decision to cooperate with Zanzibar in improving the agriculture sector was timely and would help achieve the intended goal, the president said.
Dr Shein said that due to the sector's contributions in the economy, the government thought it was important to strengthen it by introducing irrigation scheme.
There was every reason for Zanzibar to improve relations and cooperation between the two countries which have had historical ties for many years.
The relations and cooperation have continued to grow each passing day.
Dr Shein also told the ambassador that there was need to establish cooperation between the two countries' higher learning institutions.
"This will strengthen education sector and benefit both sides, since the institution would be able to exchange experiences, knowledge, students and lecturers," he reiterated.
He also said there would be promotion of tourism in Zanzibar, with a multiplying effect to the sectors of agriculture and fisheries.
Dr Shein also extended invitation to the Iranian investors to invest in tourism and other sectors because the government has already created a conducive environment for them.
The president was optimistic on the development of agricutlure sector as a result of promoting tourism, saying despite the limited land in Zanzibar, the high income emanating from agriculture could be achieved through improvement of science and technology.
Meanwhile, the ambassador said that Iran was more than determined to support development sectors including agriculture.
He said since agriculture has made strides in Iran, it was fine for his country to assist Zanzibar.
Apart from agriculture, Iran would also continue to be an ambassador of Zanzibar in promoting tourism, givent various attractions found in the country.
He bought the idea of establishing academic cooperation between the two countries' institutions, as well as promoting business relations among the people.
The ambassador commended the president for being elected to the presidency and chairmanship to the Revolutionary Council.
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