Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

15 February 2014

Tanzania: Bunda Records Success in Cotton Yields

Mara Bunda — District in Mara Region has reported a huge success through implementation of contract farming and the use of approved high-yield seeds, as reported during a cotton stakeholders meeting recently. Mara Acting Regional Commissioner, Ms Angeline Mabula said the district projected to double productivity.

"Bunda has been the area where the contract farming has been successfully implemented and it has been a role model in the system," she said. She said the acid-delinted seeds have proven to be wise best choice for cotton farmers in Mara Region.

Wards where the seeds grew very well include Chamriho, Serengeti and Kenkombyo, all in Bunda District. A related development four cotton seed suppliers in Geita Region were arrested for allegedly illegally selling inputs and pesticides to cotton farmers in the region.

Geita Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Magalula issued the arrest of the four officials from ginning companies during a cotton stakeholders meeting held at Geita municipal council.

Officers who arrested included, William Matonange from Kahama Oil Mill Ltd, Pastory Mabuto who represented I.C.K, Dickson Ulotu of Freshon INV Co. Ltd and the fourth person simply known as Kesy.

"You have sold the inputs and pesticides to the farmers instead of giving them out as loans as per directives of the contract farming regulations, we can't allow this to continue," warned the Regional Commissioner.

The Regional Commissioner reacted after the owner of Fresh Inv Co. Ltd, Mr Dickson Olutu failed to give a an accurate report on the supply and distribution of pesticides under his allocation.

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