Majaliwa was speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the launching of the programme of the distribution of 12,500 tonnes provided by YARA as part of its pledge to ensure the farming sector makes strides to increase farmers’ incomes.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate YARA by offering itself to strengthen the farming sector by supplying fertilizer for free to more than 83,000 farmers,” the PM said.
He said it was important for government officials to work together with YARA to realise its aim in providing farmers with the farming input free of charge.
The PM also called on other firms in the farming sector to emulate YARA’s example to improve the important sector by alleviating challenges facing farmers.
Minister for Agriculture Japhet Hasunga said his ministry and other authorities have been satisfied that YARA fertilizers are fit to use in the country’s environment hence it will spur production of farm crops in particular maize and rice.
He said the government will continue to mobilise and ensure farmers receive education over the use of fertiliser, quality seeds and pesticides that are fit for use in the country’s soils.
YARA Tanzania Managing Director Winstone Odhiambo said the programme is in efforts of its parent company in Norway to ensure African countries, including Tanzania are self-reliant in food production.
“The free fertilizer distribution programme is known as ‘Action Africa’” he said and called upon farmers in the country to grab the opportunity.