TANZANIANS are once again assured of a bumper harvest this season. It follows impressive yields recorded last season when the country registered 118 per cent Self Sufficiency Ratio (SSR).
Official records by the
Food is life and the stable food situation has been enhanced by timely and reliable rainfall received, to the convenience of farming communities and the nation at large.
Again, the decision by the government to sell to
The signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the deal, which is scheduled for Arusha in the next few weeks, will pave way for implementation of the agreement.
The favourable weather condition has allowed sharp increase of crop production including rice as the country expects to record more than 1.3 million metric tonnes above that of last harvesting season.
It should be remembered that relying on rainfed agriculture is dangerous. It has to be viewed as a game of chance. Erratic weather conditions just for one season can change the entire food reserve equation.
That means adoption of mechanised agriculture coupled with extensive irrigation schemes and application of modern farming techniques is not an option but a necessity.
With regard to storage techniques for family consumption, some additional efforts are needed to remind the community of the importance of food storage to sustain the family throughout the year, instead of being complacent hoping for another bumper harvest which might not happen.
Effective utilisation of our trained extension officers is equally important. Thousands of them still hang around without employment.
Demonstration farms (shamba darasa) should be a common scene in all villages, bearing in mind that a larger section of the community still practised ancient farming with old granaries irrespective of the huge potential of the fertile land. Land is number one provider of employment.
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