27 March 2014

Tanzania: Villages Short of Extension Workers

Morogoro — THE Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives has urged district councils to employ graduates of agricultural studies at certificate levels as a way of expanding access to extension officers in villages.

The Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Ms Sophia Kaduma, gave this instruction while responding to an agricultural report for Kilosa District read by the District Commissioner, Mr Elias Tarimo.

In his report to the minister, Mr Christopher Chiza, he said that the District faces a deficit of civil servants especially extension officers at the village and ward levels.

Responding to the report on behalf of the minister, Ms Kaduma said that most of the municipals did not send required employment qualities for agriculture candidates in the certificate level instead they only set the standard on Diploma and degree levels.

She further said that because of that the municipals find themselves with no civil servants in agriculture in the ward and district levels.

"Kilosa District did not ask to employ agriculture officers at the certificate level as the qualifications set were of diploma and degree.

Those with the certificates, who are key people in promoting the work of farmers in villages, did not appear to be needed," she said.

She said that the ministry has seen these anomalies and has directed that even certificate holders should be employed.

"When asking for employment, not only those with diplomas and degrees should apply but also those with certificates as they are needed.

They bridge the gap in the wards and villages, and they should have offices as well," she said.

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