- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:36
- Written by ISSA YUSSUF in Zanzibar
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ZANZIBAR President Ali Mohamed Shein received the outgoing Indonesia Ambassador, Mr Yudhistiranto Sungadi, at State House who had called in to bid him farewell as his tenure of service in the country came to an end.
According to the Zanzibar State House Press Officer, Mr Rajab Mkasaba, the ambassador expressed satisfaction with the economic and political development in Zanzibar as he emphasized strengthening of ties between the two countries.
"Our bilateral relations have improved and Indonesia will continue supporting Zanzibar's development programmes particularly in agriculture," said Sungadi. Dr Shein said that Zanzibar has a lot to learn from Indonesia in achieving its development goals including irrigation farming, which Zanzibar has singled out as the most workable means to save the islands from food deficiency.
"We are serious on improving farming, therefore, we need support in skills and technology," Dr Shein said adding that the country was improving cloves farming business. Zanzibar recorded relatively a bumper harvest last year of more than four thousand tonnes up from the anticipated two thousand tonnes.
Thanks to anti clove smuggling campaign and good price to farmers. The price was raised from 5,000/- to 15,000/- per kilogramme. Meanwhile Dr Shein also held talks with the European Union (EU) Head of Delegation in Tanzania, Mr Filiberto Seriani Sebregondi.
Shein thanked the EU for the valuable support in various areas, as the EU envoy promised to sustain the relationship.