Speaking at a press conference yesterday, TFRA Acting Director Lazaro Kitandu said the aim of advertising for tender bids was to import supplies of fertilisers to last for the whole year.
He said the tender bids were advertised early this month and the government had just selected the winner, ETG Input Ltd after meeting all the requirements.
This is the second time the government invites a company to import fertilizers, as after importation it will be distributed throughout the country.
“The importation of fertiliser prior to the growing season helps to avert effects of price increase in world markets,” he declared.
The mechanism to get the supplier results from a system that was developed for a bulk procurement way back in 2017,he elaborated.
"The system of bulk procurement for fertiliser inputs benefits more than 20million farmers throughout the country,” he said.
He said through the system, a number of farmers benefit from subsidised fertilizers as opposed to the previous system where only a million farmers could get the subsidies.
The first consignment through the bulk procurement system was imported last September, for 55,000 tonnes of fertiliser.
As for availability of fertiliser in the country, he said it was promising since it has been distributed throughout the country.
"We have managed to distribute the input in all areas where shortages were experienced," he stated.
That excludes a few areas where due to heavy downpours it has been difficult to distribute agro-inputs.
“All district councils have the fertilisers in their storage facilities, though they face challenges to distribute to some villages having heavy rainfall,” he said.
The government has set imports of fertiliser in the 2018/2019 financial year to reach between 430,000 and 450,000 tonnes, he added.