Dar es Salaam. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has urged Songea residents to grow coffee to increase their incomes.

 “The government intends to invest sufficiently in cotton, tea, cashew and tobacco cultivation to empower farmers and contribute accordingly to the national economic growth,” he told a rally at Lipokela Village in Songea, Ruvuma Region, on Friday, January 5. “Such crops are sources of foreign currencies.”

While in Songea, he toured a 1,990-hectare coffee plantation belonging to Aviv Tanzania Ltd, a statement obtained in Dar es Salaam noted.

Aviv manager Medu Medappa said the company created 3,000 jobs – direct and indirect – in its projects at Lipokela, Lusonga, Liganga and Selekano villages.