Cotton farmers recommend free supply of crop’s seeds

24Jan 2020
The Guardian
Cotton farmers recommend free supply of crop’s seeds

TANZANIA Cotton Board (TCB) should workout on the possibility to give cotton seeds to farmers free of charge in a bid to promote development of the crop's sector in the country.

Speaking to this paper separately in Bariadi recently, the scores of farmers said the system will stimulate as many people as possible to engage in the cultivation of the crop as compared to now when farmers buy the seeds at 650/- per kilogramme.

Masunga Mabula noted that if seeds are given to farmers without any payments nothing will go wrong with TCB as the board will later on get the seeds after farmers sell their harvest.

Selling seeds to farmers is to burden them a situation that sets back development of the crop's sector that offers different employment opportunities to people in the country, he said.

Also he noted that the board should give the seeds to buyers to supply to farmers in ratio based on the amount of cotton one bought in the past season unlike now where that is being overlooked to fast track development of the sector.

Who bought many tonnes in the past season should also be given many seeds to supply to farmers for the next season short of which is to burden those buying small amount of the harvest and sometime fail to distribute them to the farmers accordingly, Mabula said.

He underscored that at present you may find that there are some buyers who buy small amount of cotton but are being given many seeds by the board to supply to farmers that may be a burden to them and failure to reach as many growers as possible.

Maduhu Augustine appealed to the board to consider views by the crop's stakeholders at the time of putting in place plans related to development of the crop's sector.

Augustine pointed out that spirit will significantly help the board to generate solution timely and accurately on serious challenges facing the sector in a bid to push it forward for national development.

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