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By TPJ reporter

The Minister for Agriculture,Japhet Hasunga, has called upon the Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) to enhance efficiency in the procurement of fertilizer under Bulk Procurement System (BPS), in order to address the concerns of farmers who find the prices of the farm input to be too high.

The minister’s intervention came about recently during a workshop in Mbozi, Songwe Region, which was convened for cooperative unions to discuss pertinent issues on the implementation of the BPS.

After noting that the system had indeed brought about improvement in terms of supply and cost of the input, Mr. Hasunga went on to say that the Government and farmers expected the price of fertilizers to be much lower than it currently was basing on the research findings which informed the decision to use the procurement method.

“The regulations for supervision and importation of fertilizer through BPS were formulated after thorough research conducted by experts whose findings indicated that BPS could reduce importation costs by more than 50 percent,” he said, adding that the ministry had directed all cooperative unions to submit their fertilizer requirements to TFRA in order to import the farm input through BPS.

The minister said TFRA must ensure efficient arrangement and supervision of indicative prices so that farmers get the input at affordable prices.

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