PM directs Agriculture Ministry to review taxes, levies on sisal cr

23Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
PM directs Agriculture Ministry to review taxes, levies on sisal cr

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has instructed the Agriculture Ministry to review all taxes and levies in the sisal crop to identify those benefitting the national’s stakeholders and remove those that don’t.

The PM also called on the country’s financial institutions to continue evaluating interest rates on loans to farmers so as they should not be an obstacle for them to access to the loans.

The PM gave the remarks here at the meeting with sisal stakeholders in which he also instructed the ministry to continue monitoring the progress of all cash crops in the country.

He said the government was well mobilized to ensure the sisal crop returns to its former glory, hence he instructed the Agriculture Ministry to continue monitoring its progress from the farms preparation stage to the market situation.

"Mkonge has numerous benefits but here we only stress in in fibre making, we have to utilize experts to research on other uses from sisal including the production of sugar, fertilizer and various kinds of drinks,” he said.

He said the Ministry should continue strengthening the Mlingano centre of Tanzania Agricultural research Institute (TARI-Mlingano) including making sure it has the adequate equipment in the production of sisal seedlings.

In addition, he instructed all districts where sisal is cultivated including Tanzania Sisal Board (TSB) to establish a data base in order to have statistics of small, middle and large sisal farmers as well the sizes of their farms.

He said the data base will assist them reach to the farmers easily whenever they want to train them how best to cultivate the crop.

Agriculture Ministry’s Deputy Minister Hussein Bashe said in 2020 the country’s sisal production topped 35,298 tonnes, while the target was 42,285 tonnes.

He added that in the period 2020-25 TSB plans to increase production to reach 120,000 tonnes per year.

He said the Ministry will ensure the country reduces the importation of sisal bags to benefit the sisal industry.

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