Wednesday, 30 March 2011 22:42 The Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that while the economy grows at the rate of 6 per cent, the human population growth is at an average of 3 per cent. Addressing economic researchers at the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) annual workshop, Mr Pinda noted that according to the 2007 Household Budget Survey, the food poverty line has declined decimally by 2.1 per cent from 35.7 in 2001 to 33.6 per cent. In 2009, national income was Sh28.212 billion while the population was 40.7 million, meaning average income of each Tanzanian was an average of Sh693,185 compared to Sh628,259 in 2008, this is a very small increment of about 10.3 percent, the Premier noted. He urged the researchers to assist the government by coming up with alternative policies, which would help to address the situation. We need to have national income increasing parallel with individuals income, the researches should also suggest which policies we should use to achieve this, he said. Mr Pinda cited an example of the agriculture sector, which has employed many people while its growth is at a very minimal pace of about 4.5 per cent a year. For his part, the Netherlands ambassador to Tanzania, Dr Ad Koekkoek, said this years theme Productivity, Employment and Social-economic Security makes the constituent items of growth and development clearer and more distinct. To achieve the per capita income you need productivity increases in order to achieve equity, to fight poverty, you need to reach as many people as possible, Dr Koekkoek said. If productivity increases in agriculture, people will move and seek job elsewhere, he argued. He added that intensive growth was needed in order to increase employment and in the case of Tanzania, it means growth in the agricultural sector, tourism and labour intensive industries.