The corporative officer, Magina Nyiganda cautioned ginger growers in the district to involve marketing co-operatives in solving the unfriendly prices of the cash crop.
This came as a response to a compliant filed by ginger agriculturalists of Mlela village who have shunned from the cultivation of the crop due to decline of price from 1000/- to 1500/- per kilogramme last year to 300/- this year.
As farmers have been complaining about the high cost involved in cultivating the crop while emphasizing that they get almost nothing as profit after investing in the production procedures like pesticide expenses, labor charges, fertilizers with exclusion to other production costs.
One of the sources who preferred to remain anonymous highlighted that they usually take loan of 500,000/- to 1,000,000/- for production, lamenting that they will not be able to refund the money and get profit when they sell at the price of 300/- per kg. He added that they have pleaded with the government to intervene and assist them in accessing market for their products since the situation is worsening, they are not making profit and some are losing capital.
Wivina Kabuto who is also an inhabitant of Mlela village suggested that the government should restrict brokers since they exploit farmers.
“Recently the price of ginger is 300/- per kg to brokers, while the market price is now 600/- per kg. I wish they could buy for 500/- from us so that we can get little profit,” he proposed.
The assistant village chairperson Baraka Chiza said, during this year, they cultivated one acre for 120,000/-, bought seeds for 700/- per kg, and one acre needs 800kgs, planting needed 80,000/- weeding needed 120,000/- per acre, “we weed three to four times per production time, how can we get profit with this selling price?” he asked.
One of the brokers said they also sell ginger at low prices and for them to get good price they need to sell in the countries like Burundi, Rwanda, Congo DRC and Mozambique which costs them too, especially on taxes and transportation, so buying at the price of 500/- will give them loss.
He added that farmers have one problem, instead of bringing the crops in the market, they allow brokers to go and buy them in the farm, how can they trust a person and give him a farm while he did not cultivate? And yet they need a high profit, that will never happen unless you do it yourself, he cautioned.
The extension officer of Mlela village, Kamiri Asali said the ginger in Kigoma region is the best for it lasts longer without being rotten, what hurts the most is that brokers are richer than the farmers, they plan prices, and usually the prices are lower compared to production costs.