TFRA: Fertilizer consumption increases to 15 percent since BPS introduced

THE use of different types of fertilizers among local farmers has increased by 15 percent since introduction of bulk procurement system (BPS) one year ago, the regulator has said.

Speaking in an interview the acting executive director of Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA) Lazaro Kitandu, said last year a total of 90,000 tons of urea was supplied countrywide.

This year we have supplied more than 115,000 tons of Urea countrywide this is equal to 15 percent increase as compared to last year, he said.

He said farmers were also motivated by huge price reduction which is a result of bulk procurement system.

Kitandu said at the moment indicative prices of fertilizer ranges between shillings 33,000 to 90,000 per bag depending on the distance.

Before introduction of the new system a similar bag was sold up to 160,000 but now you can see suppliers are not required to sell beyond an indicative price, said Kitandu.

World Bank data show Tanzania has one of the lowest fertiliser consumption rates - where farmers use an average of 19kg per hectare of land - a major reason being high commodity prices which puts the product out of reach for most farmers.

According to Kitandu Tanzania had not reached its own target set under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which pegs it at an average of 50kg of fertiliser per hectare of land.

TFRA was established under the fertiliser Act No. 9 of 2009 as a body mandated to enforce laws, policies and regulations governing the manufacture and use of, and trade in fertilizers, or fertiliser supplements.

He further said the tender under BPS was opened in July 21, last year, after analysing the entries of two companies, one from Morocco and Premium Agro Chem from Tanzania, which won and were awarded the tender the same day.

He said on August 1, last year, TFRA and the companies signed contracts to import the commodity where as next week a total of 23, 000 tons of Urea will be received at the Dar es Salaam Port.

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