By Azania post
MINISTER for The minister for Agriculture, Charles Tizeba Fertiliser said today that bulk procurement system (BPS) has helped to increase agriculture produce in the country.
He was speaking today at the launch of the second phase of the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP II) in Dar es Salaam.
He said despite challenges in the BPS, the farmers were farmers the efficiency in distribution and low priced inputs.
At least 318,000 ton of fertilizers were distributed by march this year according to reports representing 40 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.
He said the new BPS was using was not using government’s funds, saying businessmen uses their money as the government regulates the whole pricing processes.
However, the minister noted challenges on rising demand for raw materials for newly established factories and a shortage of extension workers.
According to the minister, the ASDP II focuses on emphasis, which looks at few agricultural crops providing high value chain.
The areas on focus include sustainable use of water and land, achieving value addition, increase of efficiency level by increasing agricultural harvests, an increase in total budget and improving predictability.
According to the project, the ASDP II, has set aside Sh13.8 trillion and Sh2.2 trillion in the 2018/19 financial year with the government pledging Sh943 billion during the 2018/19 fiscal year to support the project.