By Felix Andrew
THE government of Tanzania is setting an indicative price for fertilizers in order to make a product be accessed by many people whose efforts denied by lack of agricultural inputs at their expanses.
Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Charles Tizeba said the ministry is finalizing the setting of fertilizer cap price set to announced next week.
“We wanted to announce the indicative price for fertilizer since last week but due to unavoidable reasons we will do that in few days to come. The announcement will make all distributors and importers to be adhere to our decision,” Tizeba told Azania Post today.
Dr Tizeba said the government intends to lower the agricultural inputs costs hence to improve livelihood of farmers. He said: “We have removed various nuisance taxes imposed on agricultural chain of productions, so as to improve productivity and economy.”
According to World Bank data, Tanzania is among countries with lowest fertilizer consumption where farmers use an average of 3.7 kilogramme per hectare of land. One of the main reasons is high prices of the product, which make them unaffordable to the farmers.
According to Minister Tizeba it is against this backdrop that the government decided to establish Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) and the directive to regulate fertilizer prices by setting indicative prices.
TFRA was established under the fertilizer Act No. 9 of 2009 as a body mandated to enforce laws / policies / regulations governing the manufacturing, importation and use of and trade in fertilizers, or fertilizer supplements.