Speaking to journalists recently, the SIDO Director General, Prof Sylvester Mpanduji, named Singida, Mbeya, Dodoma, Manyara and Morogoro regions as having excelled in embracing the imitative, explaining that sequel to this production of sun flower, maize, paddy and green vegetables has increase and agro-industrial plants have been built to process the produce.
“We have evidence that this programme has encouraged economic growth in districts that have used it. Farmers have increased crop production and home-grown industrial base is gaining ground in innovative districts. The growth contribution of this programme is now visible at district up to national levels,” Prof Mpanduji explained.
Under this programme, a district chooses the most popular crop or livestock or fisheries product and gives it priority in its development programme in order to raise residents’ welfare and disposable income.
He called on regions and district leaderships to embrace the ODOP initiative to speed up the national industrialization programme and contribute positively to the national efforts towards making Tanzania an industrialized middle-income nation by 2025.
Acting Director for Marketing and Investment, Shoma Kibende, said on the whole many districts have understood the logic behind the ODOP initiative and have used the initiative to mobilize peasants to increase crop production.
“Where the initiative has been used, peasants have accessed ready markets because peasants are selling produce to their chosen agro-industries established in their own districts,” she explained.
She said Sido’s principal role in the initiative is to ensure districts produce quality products for local and external markets.