Tanzania has set aside 200,000 acres of land for youth to practice commercial farming thus transform their livelihoods, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Anthony Mavunde, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Labor, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, said the move is part of the government’s initiative to address youth unemployment crisis in the country.
The official was speaking in the country’s capital, Dodoma at the forum on market linkages, which involved young entrepreneurs from across the east African nation.
According to the minister, the earmarked land set in various parts of the country will help youth employ themselves in the agricultural sector, which employs 75 percent of Tanzanian population.
“This is also one of the measures to eradicate poverty in the country through self-employment,” the minister said.
It is estimated that each year, 900,000 young Tanzanians enter a job market that is generating only 50,000 to 60,000 new jobs, according to the minister.
“That’s why as government, we’re determined to help the youth initiate different small and medium economic projects due to limited opportunities in the employment market,” Mavunde said.
He urged the youth from across the country, especially those graduating at different universities, to use the knowledge and skills they acquired to initiate economic projects of their own.
“The country and many others in the East African region and Africa at large face challenges of limited job opportunities. Therefore, it is wise for the youth to focus on entrepreneurship projects,” he said.
Tanzania ranks among the world’s 30 fastest growing economies and spends a higher percentage of its GDP on education than all but 26 others.
In theory, this should correspond to the rapid creation of new jobs and an abundance of well-educated young people to fill them. But Tanzania is facing a youth unemployment crisis rivaled by few other nations in the world. In 2012, Tanzania was home to more unemployed 15 to 24-year-olds per capita than 109 other countries. Enditem