By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA will be able to produce food crops that would be sold to neighboring countries within five years from now, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor in the country (Sagcot) has said.
Speaking in an interview, the Sagcot Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Kirenga said currently Tanzania has been exporting some goods but in a small quantity.
“With the industrialization drive as spearheaded by our President, it is my hope that Tanzania will be able to export to neighboring countries in five years to come,” he said.
Kirega revealed that already there are some areas which have already started to apply modern methods of agricultural production hence increased harvest.
Places like Dakawa in Morogoro or Sumbawanga in Rukwa region they use modern plant machine and combine harvesters which produce high yields, he said.
However, Kirega asked the government to reduce or alleviate taxes imposed on modern agricultural technology.
Agriculture which is mainly rain-fed and dominated by smallholders farmers, is the mainstay of the economy, contributing about 29 percent of the economy in 2015 up from 28.8 percent in 2014 making it the largest contribution, surpassing all other sectors.
It employs about 65 percent of Tanzanians and covers more than 100 percent of the domestic food needs in favorable seasons.
He said it was an undeniable fact that agriculture has a lot of opportunities which could transform people’s living standards and the proper channel for them to be informed and educated was through the media. “There is a good market of agricultural products be it local or foreign.
“It is a shame to import food while we have plenty of fertile land in our country plus a broad market opportunity.
"We have ample opportunities to develop our agro-industry to tap into regional markets,” he said, calling for editors to assist and conveying good messages to people on opportunities in agriculture", he stated.
Sagcot funders as United Republic of Tanzania, UK Aid, USAID, World Bank Group, Norwegian Embassy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and AGRA
He said the organization has all the reasons to acknowledge the support from sponsors who make their activities possible and visible.