7 June 2014

Tanzania: Input Voucher System Replaced By Farmers' Loans

Dodoma — BUDGETARY constraints and weak supervision were on Friday cited as factors behind the flop of the agricultural input voucher system.

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives, Godfrey Zambi told the National Assembly here, that government introduced the voucher system in response to challenges faced by farmers in production and productivity.

He was answering a question posed by Betty Machangu (Special Seats--CCM) who sought to know why government does not subsidise fertilizers for all crops to boost production in the country.

The deputy minister said due to limited funding and weak controls at local government level, the subsidised agricultural inputs didn't reach the farmers, compelling government to opt for alternative strategies.

He said a government circular on agricultural subsidies has articulated the criteria to qualify for the support, including the ability to cost share.


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