Mkenda okays TFRA to issue export permits for fertiliser

11Jun 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dodoma
The Guardian
Mkenda okays TFRA to issue export permits for fertiliser

THE government has instructed the Tanzania Fertiliser Regulatory Authority (TFRA) to start issuing export permits for selling the fertiliser that has already been imported instead of being issued by the Agriculture Ministry.

Mkenda issued the instructions here on Wednesday when addressing reporters in his office soon after he met and had discussion with the representative of Yara fertiliser Company Chief Executive Officer.

Mkenda said the permits will be issued online instead of from his office, and his office will only be informed of the implementation by TFRA.

He said the government holds high hopes in fertiliser dealers as he believes that to simplify the permits issuance for them will enhance the pace in importing the farm input for use by farmers within and outside the country.

He said huge imports of the fertiliser in the country will assist in lowering its price to farmers, which in turn will enhance profitable cultivation of crops by farmers.

In regard to fertiliser road transport costs, Mkenda said he would discuss the issue with the Treasury for the possibility of reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) on transport services.

"We have discovered that transporting fertiliser by rail greatly reduces the cost hence we encourage it to be conveyed by rail to the northern regions of Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Arusha and Manyara as well as through the Central Line to Morogoro, Singida, Dodoma, Singida. We shall also encourage similar arrangement for the southern western regions via TAZARA railway,” said Prof Mkenda.

I regard to the fertiliser produced by the defunct Tanzania Fertiliser Company (TFC), Prof Mkenda said following an agreement reached at the ministry’s task meeting, they will seek for a consultant from the University of Dar es Salaam (business school) to stay with the ministry for six months to advise the government what was to be done to revive TFC.

 

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