By Felix Andrew
THE Nanyumbu legislator Abdallah Chikota (CCM) has asked Tanzanian government to recruit qualified officers in the Agricultural Marketing, Cooperatives Societies (AMCO) so as to improve performance.
Speaking in a Parliament today, the legislator urged a good mechanism that would enable to recruit competent officials. Speaker, sir I would like the government to come up with a mechanism that would get competent officials in AMCOs is it possible?
Responding, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, William Ole Nasha, conceded that there is a need to improve the AMCOs.
However he said, the government has put criteria needed for people who want to be employed in the AMCos.
“There is a Cooperative Development Commission which is entitled to make sure that all shortlisted candidates have enough qualification”, he said.
Ole Nasha also requested the MP to send names of officials who were employed at AMCOs without following required procedures.
“I ask you MP if you have vivid evidence of such people who do not have qualification and employed to bring me their names so that I work on it,” he said,
However the government in collaboration with Private sector have been forefront to support AMCOs in training.
A good example can be taken from Mtwara and Lindi regions where as communities have been trained on how to improve their cashew nut crop.
The Coastal Rural Support Programme in Tanzania (CRSP - T) overall goal is to improve the quality of life and social wellbeing of target communities in Lindi and Mtwara regions through sustainable socio-economic interventions in food security, income generation, health and education.
In order to achieve, CRSP - T approached Match Maker Associates Limited (MMA) in July 2014 to facilitate business plan development for the two progressive AMCOS and subsequently, deliver a tailor made training to fifteen AMCOS (inclusive of the above two) from Mtwara and Lindi regions on the business planning process as a catalyst to the rest of the AMCOS in the two regions.
Through the approach, CRSP - T believed that the fifteen AMCOS will be able to leave the training knowing their potential and the ability to design having their own new five year business plan.
MMA successfully trained these AMCOS using highly participatory Business Model Canvas (BMC) concept that was well articulated by participants and already some AMCOS are implementing their business plans.