By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA will employ 1,487 new agricultural extension officers during the year 2017/18, the move is expected to improve performance of the sector, Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service and Good Governance) George Mkuchika has said.
He was responding to a question raised by Nanyamba legislator, Abdallah Chikota (CCM) who wanted to understand measures taken by the government to improve the sector.The Legislator said Tanzania is facing a shortage of extension officers hence there was a need to deploy immediate measures to address the problem.
Reacting, Minister Mkuchika said the government has already issued a permit to employ 1,487 extension countrywide this year.
“ We want to employ as many people as we can but all these depend on availability of financial resources, if the situation allows we shall do so,” he said.
He said apart from extension officers recruitment, the government also is planning to employ more than 50,000 civil servants this year.
“The target here is to bridge a gap of shortage of staff in various areas namely health, education, water ,” he said.
However he did not revealed the total demand of extension officers in the country, but noted that the government intention is to recruit at least one at every village.
However expert say that the government needs to work on various challenges which hinder smooth development of agricultural sector.
Inadequate marketing and lack of storage infrastructure, particularly warehouses and roads to link farms to marketing centres, are among challenges that could hinder the smooth implementation of the sector they say.