The latest figures show that the agricultural sector accounts for 29.1 percent of GDP, 65.5 percent of employment for able-bodied Tanzanians, of which about 55 million Tanzanians currently live.
In addition, in this era of industrialization, agriculture provides 65% of the raw materials of the industrial sector and 30 percent of revenues from exports.
During a recent working visit to Mpanda district in Katavi region after inspecting the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) maize procurement center, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Hussein Bashe said the government had not banned the export of produce.
“The government has started the process of building and renting warehouses in countries with crop markets such as South Sudan, DRC Congo, Kenya to put the produce in the warehouses and sell it, ”___Hon Bashe.
He added that the government has not barred the trader from selling his produce abroad, and that the farmer has a responsibility to cultivate, harvest, store and sell as well as to do commercial farming.
“So if there is anyone who is prevented from selling his produce abroad the Ministry welcomes him and they will give him cooperation as all permits to export products give free permits so that the project can be licensed to do the business” ______Hon Bashe.
Speaking to this source, Dr. Lameck Makoye, Manager of the Hombolo Research Center (Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, TARI), said the presence of warehouses in areas with markets for agricultural products in Africa, will stimulate the production of the agricultural sector due to market uncertainty.
“It will strengthen the value chain due to the quality of crops and cereals grown in Tanzania, and facilitate the sale of their maize through these warehouses to facilitate their business” ____ Dr. Makoye.
Farmers in Dodoma region have said many of their crops are affected by conservation and have thanked the government for building more warehouses in rural areas to help farmers how to store their quality and provide education on how to store their produce.
The government distributes modern seeds through the Association of Good Seed Production (ASA) to farmers and has reduced the cost of A to Z maize storage bags and reduced post-harvest losses. per 100 kg because maize contains sand, grains as well as dust.