Ministry forms team to collect views on warehouse receipt system

17Sep 2021
Correspondent
Shinyanga
The Guardian
Ministry forms team to collect views on warehouse receipt system

​​​​​​​THE Agriculture Ministry has formed a nine-man team to collect views and recommendations from farmers and stakeholders of leguminous crops aimed at finding a solution to the challenges regarding the warehouse receipt system.

Agriculture minister prof Adolph Mkenda.

This was revealed here on Wednesday by Agriculture minister prof Adolph Mkenda as he was addressing reporters, saying the team will go through the warehouse receipt system for grams, green grams, pigeon peas and sesame and come up with a solution to remove the snags.

He said recently, there was some misunderstanding in the region regarding the sale of the crops through the system whereas they liaised with regional officials to suspend the system to pave way for its restructurings.

Recently, in his speech to wind up parliament sessions in Dodoma Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said; “our plan is to continue with the warehouse receipt system but I have directed the ministry to create a friendly environment for the system to work without snags to farmers selling the said crops,” Prof Mkenda said.

He said the team is led by Hamisi Mwinyimvua from the University of Dar es Salaam as chairman and Ernest Doriye from the ministry as the secretary.

He named team members as including Dr Anaciet Kashuliza, Barney Laseko, Dr Ruhinduka Remedius, Dr Wilhelm Ngasamiaku, Shaibu Chilavi and Samson Poneja, who will tour three regions of Shinyanga, Morogoro and Lindi.

Meanwhile, the minister said the warehouse receipt system has a lot of benefits saying in some areas, its removal will create conflicts among farmers and cited the example of Lindi and Mtwara regions where the system has been in use without any snags. 

For his part, the team’s chairman Dr Mwinyimvua said they will collect views and recommendations to improve the system by meeting with cooperative officials, farmers’ groups and buyers of the crops.

Shinyanga Regional Commissioner Dr Philemon Sengati pledged his cooperation to the team, aiming to improve the warehouse receipt system.

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