Dr Kiagho Kilonzo, the Acting Executive Secretary of Tanzania Film Board, on Monday urged filmmakers across Africa to invest in the Tanzania’s creative industry.
Kilonzo made the call during the Actors Master Class segment at the 9th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) held at Film House Cinemas, Landmark Village, Victoria Island, Lagos.
He said that Tanzania was well-endowed with natural and artificial tourist attractions capable of rendering films marketable and attractive to viewers.
According to him, the country is endowed with the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, green natural sites, historical sites, deserts, rok arts dating back to over 50,000 years ago, cultures and more.
He said all the aforementioned attractions would add value to the films shot in Tanzania.
“Tanzania is a fantastic place to shoot movies because of the natural and beautiful sites the nation is blessed with.
“We call on filmmakers and investors to explore Tanzania terrain, we have the population to make businesses thrive and the environment is conducive,” he said.
Kilonzo said that the Tanzania Film Board was founded in 1930 before the nation gained independence and had been functioning effectively since then.
He said that the Tanzanian film industry produced over 1400 films annually, 116 films monthly, 29 weekly and four daily.
He said that the industry employed 1,232,000 people in 2018 compared to 289 in 2010 as film companies increased to 250 in 2018 from four in 1960.
“Today, there are 10 film theatres in Tanzania, each with an average of four screens and 300 seats.”
The executive secretary said these achievements were possible through the services the board offered to filmmakers ranging from advice, preview and approval of scripts, film grading and more.
He said the country had zero tolerance for pornographic films or such that depicted lesbianism, bad language, war, crime or breaking of law and order.
“We do not encourage the production of films that can change people’s mindset or distort good relations among the citizens, we uphold our culture and guide it,” he said.
Kilonzo said that the film industry was thriving, but had challenges in the areas of piracy and incompetent film production.
He said the Tanzanian Government was, however, working on upgrading the quality of movies produced as original films had been differentiated from pirated copies with the use of special stamps.
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Tajudeen Atitebi
Tanzania plans to renovate livestock markets nationwide to boost output
Dar es Salaam, Aug. 2, 2020 The Government of Tanzania has set aside 681 million Tanzanian shillings (about $292,800) for renovation of livestock markets across the country.
The renovation is in a move aimed at boosting output, an official said on Sunday.
Felix Nandonde, the Director of Production and Marketing Department in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, announced the renovation of the livestock markets when he inspected a livestock market in Tabora region.
He said the renovation of the livestock markets was aimed at improving output and collection of government revenue from the markets.
Nandonde said the renovation would focus on construction of wells along with feeding and drinking stations in the markets.
“The renovation will also entail improving the handling of animals in the markets as well as the provision of food, water, shelters and veterinary care,’’ he said.
According to the ministry’s statistics, Tanzania has about 33 million cattle, 21 million goats and 5.6 million sheep.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Tanzania allocates 35 mln USD to fight aflatoxin contamination of crops
The government of Tanzania has set aside 35.3 million United States dollars to fight aflatoxin contamination of crops, a statement by the Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday.
Gerald Kusaya, the permanent secretary in the ministry, said the money will be allocated to the Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination, a project aimed at minimizing aflatoxin contamination, especially of maize and groundnuts, said the statement.
“The money will be used, among others, to build 14 food storage facilities in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar for protecting maize and groundnuts from getting contaminated by aflatoxin,” said Kusaya.
The statement said Kusaya revealed the budget when he visited a site for the construction of one of the food storage facilities in Simiyu region.
He said the money will also be used for the construction of laboratories and research centers of aflatoxin contamination in various parts of the east African nation.
Tanzania is a leading producer of maize and groundnuts in East Africa.
10 killed in Tanzania’s boat accident
At least 10 people were killed and 87 others rescued after a boat capsized in Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika on Thursday.
Martin Otieno, the Kigoma regional police commander, told Xinhua by telephone that the boat capsized at around noon after it was hit by a powerful storm.
“Police and other security agencies are still searching to establish if there could be more victims because the boat had no record of number of passengers,” he said.
On July 16, Tanzania’s weather agency warned of strong winds and high waves in Lake Tanganyika. The weather forecast said strong winds and high waves were likely to disrupt fishing activities and marine transport.
On June 25, at least nine people were killed and 51 others injured after a boat capsized in Lake Tanganyika.
5,000 left jobless in tourism sector in Tanzania’s Zanzibar over COVID-19
Maudline Castico, Tanzania’s Zanzibar Minister for Labor, Empowerment, Elders, Youth, Women and Children, said the tourism sector was mostly hit by the virus pandemic.
“Most of the employees in the tourism sector, including the hospitality industry, lost their jobs following the shutting down of tourist hotels and cancellation of international flights,” Castico told a news conference in the Zanzibar archipelago.
“The government of Zanzibar is still undertaking an assessment to establish the full impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in all sectors,” said Castico.
On June 6, Tanzania’s Zanzibar authorities announced reopening of tourism activities after they were shut down on March 20 following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, Zanzibar’s Minister of Information, Tourism and Heritage, said Zanzibar opened its tourism activities to normal both for charter flights and scheduled flights.