The directive was issued recently by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture Hussein Bashe at a stakeholders meeting on cooperatives held in Tabora.
Bashe said the system that will be supervised by the Cooperative Development Commission, Warehouse Receipt Board and Tanzania Mercantile Exchange (TMX) is aimed to assist and benefit farmers.
He said the issue of cooperative is savior to farmers and is a policy issue of which all government officials are supposed to administer instead of sabotaging it.
“I am directing all council directors to ensure the crops are purchased through cooperative auctions that are safe but also beneficial and offer better prices to boost famers, instead of leaving private people to suppress them,” he said.
However there are reports that some councils and cooperative officials and other trade officials who are opposed to the system, mostly from private interests.
Areas which the system is allegedly sabotaging the system include Kwimba, Magu, Misungwi, Shinyanga rural nand Kishapu districts, whereby in the villages of Idisa, Mwamashimba, Shagihilu, Ndoleleji and Muhuze, in which middlemen have been allowed to buy the crops behind closed doors.
When asked what steps will be taken against the saboteurs, the chairman of Tanzania Cooperative Development Dr Titus Kamani said they are following up the reports to know their veracity.
However, Dr Kamani appealed to district directors in the said regions to fully participate in the use of the new crop purchase system as it is of great benefit to the councils’ incomes.