Intent on protecting farmers from exploitation, authorities in Karatu District, Arusha region, are finalising the introduction of onion auctions. The idea has been well received by onion farmers carrying out their activities along the Eyasi Basin. Still, they called for strict control over buyers as well as finalizing the establishment of a cooperative union in the area.
The introduction of the onion auction plan was recently revealed by Karatu District Executive Director (DED) Karia Magaro to a team of officials from the Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA). The team arrived at the district for the purpose of gathering success stories behind the provision of subsidized fertilizers to farmers in the 2022/23 agriculture season.
Magaro said onions contributed Sh1.5 billion in revenue in the 2021/22 fiscal year, with traders from neighboring Kenya as the crop’s potential buyers.