Z’bar govt pledges to provide agricultural inputs timely

03Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Z’bar govt pledges to provide agricultural inputs timely

THE Zanzibar government has said it will continue to timely provide agricultural inputs to farmers to improve rice farming for the benefit of the nation.

The deputy minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr Makame Ali Ussi said the main target of the government was to help farmers by providing them with inputs so that they harvest more.

He made the remarks when witnessing a rice harvesting exercise at Upenja in the Unguja North Region.

The minister further said the government takes agriculture seriously and that it is committed towards improving the welfare of farmers.

Speaking further on the exercise, the deputy minister hailed farmers for the bumper harvests in this season saying despite the bad weather farmers dedicated their minds and efforts to ensure they harvest enough for food and business.

The minister asked the famers not to lose hope especially when there are climate changes instead they should continue working hard to maintain bumper harvest.

“Agriculture pays the best thing is for farmers to work hard and follow advice from experts on how best to go,” he said.

Dr Makame advised farmers to listen and follow advice given by agricultural officers so that the sector continues to improve.

“If we work together, Zanzibar will be food sufficient on all kinds of food including rice,” he added.

He called upon extension officers to closely work with famers as well as advising them on modern agriculture practices so that they reap a good profit.

Meanwhile, the farmers said despite the season being bad due to weather changes, most of them got enough yields.

One of the farmers, Amour Saleh Furaha requested the government to continue providing inputs on time to match with the agriculture season. He said delayed distribution of agricultural inputs was among the reasons for poor harvests.

Furaha noted that with improved irrigation infrastructures and timely distribution of inputs, farmers are likely to harvest more and benefit from their sweat.