Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture has been charged to ensure the efficient distribution of the free fertilisers donated to smallholder farmers by Yara Tanzania Company.
Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa instructed the ministry during the flag-off of the distribution to the farmers this week.
About 12,500 tons of NPK fertilizers were distributed to farmers, Yara Company’s Managing Director, Winston Odhiambo revealed.
The farmers would also receive free advice from YARA extension officers to enhance crop production.
According to Majaliwa, the Ministry of Agriculture should ensure that the fertilisers are distributed to the intended people.
He said it was expedient to have 80 percent of Tanzania engaged in the agricultural sector to improve their standard of living.
He revealed that most smallholder farmers were not financially capacitated to procure agricultural inputs, hence the need for free fertilisers to enhance agricultural activities and earnings.
Majaliwa, however, warned that legal action would be taken on anyone who disrupts the process, stressing that the government was unwavering in its plan to make farmers have a better life.
On his part, the Minister of Agriculture, Japhet Hasunga, said the distribution of fertilisers was aimed at increasing productivity and ensuring food security in the country.
He also noted that the fertilisers have been approved by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and are suitable for use.
“At least 83,000 small-scale farmers in 25 regions of Mainland Tanzania are set to benefit from the programme. Dar es Salaam Region has been excluded since it has a small number of farmers,” he said.