Tanzania plans to control population growth rate
Tanzania plans to take earnest measure to curb the steep population growth, after the 2012 Population and Housing Census (PHC) results revealed it has more than tripled over the past 45 years to reach 45million.According to the 2012 PHC results released on Friday, national population counts about 45 million people with growth rate of 2.7 percent, below 3.0 percent of 1967 when the first census was conducted after independence.
However, this number is expected to rise following many people along the coastal refusal to be counted for the claimed religious reasons, majority being Muslims.
The report revealed that Dar es Salaam region cover 10 percent of the total national population at 4.36 million, being the highest.
Speaking at the launch of the report, the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr Albina Chuwa, said Tanzania mainland has about 43.7 million people while Zanzibar records about 1.3 with Mji Magharibi region leading the Isles population counting 593,678, equivalent to 46% of the total Zanzibar’s residents.
Following the high national population growth rate, Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said the government is planning to launch a long term campaign to slow birth rate through providing health and family planning education to all Tanzanian especially those residing in the villages and big cities slams.
He suggested motivating people to use contraceptives would be among the major highlights of the population growth control.
Premier Pinda said beside population growth, population density was also alarming in towns and city, due to great challenges in provision of basic social services better education, health, clean tape water, transport and adequate food staff supply.
Pinda noted that inadequate social services in the rural areas force many young people to migrate to towns and cities with expectations of getting better life and employment in different sector, majority focusing on small scale businesses.
He suggested people should produce reasonable number of children whom they could cater effectively and who would subsequently become resourceful adults.
The prime minister urged Tanzanians to fight the notion that children were synonymous wealth.
He promised that the government would increase investment in food production for domestic use while only the surplus would be sold to neighbouring countries for increasing national revenue.