By Azania Post Reporter
OFFICIALS who would fail to distribute fertilizers to farmers on Mainland Tanzania before end of this week faces expulsion, President John Magufuli has warned.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, President Magufuli said there are some regions which have not received fertilizers since last year.
“There are regions like Mbeya which is known as the big four have not receive the fertilizers I ask officials dealing with distribution to make sure that farmers get it within this week or otherwise be ready to leave the office he stated.
President Magufuli asked the Minister for Agriculture Dr Charles Tizeba and his team to make sure that farmers get the fertilizers during this season without delay.
According to Tanzania Fertiliser Company (TFC) a total of 32,000 tonnes were distributed during last season in 20 regions.
According to the company’s General Manager, Salum Mkumba beneficiaries were those who have been involved in the cultivation of maize and paddy.
As one way to get away with complaints and malpractices by unfaithful agents, he said they have labelled fertiliser bags with word 'subsidy' for farmers to buy them at a set price.
Mkumba said some unfaithful agents have been selling subsidy fertilisers at high prices, that is why they decided to label them for easier control, in which each bag will be sold at 26,000/- in all TFC stations, although due to transport cost in some areas it can be sold at 30,000/-.
Expounding further, he said all councils will announce the fertiliser price in which farmers should be aware and make sure they procure them at the said cost.
On delivery of agricultural inputs, the government had set up modalities with a number of suppliers to ensure inputs reach farmers in time.
Agriculture grew by 3.2 per cent during the second quarter of the current calendar year, a slight improvement from 1.9 per cent that was realised during the similar period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.