The Tanzanian government has unveiled its grand plans towards successful attainment of its ambitious strategy to make agriculture sector grow by 10 per cent come 2030. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the current growth of the sector stands at 3.6 per cent.
The plans include increase in agriculture budget to 954 billion in the 2022/2023 financial year, up from 294 billion allocated in the year before. The funds have been directed towards irrigation, research, seed production, improvement of extension services among others.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture Anthony Mavunde said on Friday that of the 954 billion, a sum of 361 billion has been channeled to irrigation. "The money will be used for construction of new irrigation schemes, renovation of old ones, including coming up with other big projects such as increasing irrigation land," Mavunde said.
The Deputy Minister further said that the government intention cannot be attained if the country does not produce better seeds and have sufficient stocks. He noted that currently the government in collaboration with private sector is proceeding with seeds production.