The National Bureau of Statistics has highlighted five key setbacks that limit Tanzanian agriculture productivity. In a new report, it named the issues being the limited access to extension services, slow implementation of irrigation systems, low use of fertilizers, improved seeds as well as underdeveloped mechanization.
It was revealed that, during that agriculture year, only 5.2 percent (411,108 farmers) out of the sample of 7.8 million practiced irrigation farming in Tanzania. Although this is an increase compared to a decade ago, the development still signals slow implementation of irrigation and agriculture policies.
Farmers in Tanzania have also been behind when it comes to fertilizers application as only 2.8 million hectares, which is equivalent to 20.1 percent of total cultivated area, was applied with fertilizers. The report suggests that the benefits of using productivity enhancing inputs such as improved seeds, pesticides and tractors are not fully exploited.
NBS also recommended that besides enhancing access to extension services, the government jointly with the private sector should increase quality of the services to ensure more adoption of improved practices for increased crop productivity.