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World Bank grants Tanzania USD25 million to boost yields

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  1. Kimbori

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    The World Bank Board of Executive
    Directors has yesterday approved dishing
    out USD25 million to boost the
    productivity of Tanzania’s agriculture
    sector through timely delivery of seeds and fertilisers to 300,000 farmers, and additional financing of USD30 million to
    enable farmers access the latest
    knowledge of agricultural, farming
    technology and irrigation infrastructure.

    A statement availed to this paper from
    the World Bank said the funds will be provided by the International
    Development Association, which helps
    the world’s poorest countries by providing loans (referred to as “credits”) and grants to run projects and
    programmes which would boost their
    economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.

    The funding comes at a time of rising grain and fertiliser prices; this is why
    investments in rural farms are needed to help smallholder farmers get inputs, extension services and access to local

    The statement said the financing will support seed and fertiliser subsidies under Tanzania’s flagship National
    Agricultural Input Voucher Scheme
    (NAIVS) that has already distributed over
    15 million vouchers to over 2.5 million farm households, enabling the purchase
    and application of more than 500,000 tonnes of fertiliser and 50,000 tonnes of
    improved seed.

    “These inputs have increased production
    to 1.5 million tonnes of additional maize
    and rice reducing the country’s
    dependence on costly grain imports and
    food aid,” revealed the report.

    The statement further said that the additional resources will support local
    investments under the Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP) to increase smallholder crop and livestock
    productivity and farm incomes by strengthening small scale irrigation
    development, farmers’ capacity building, service delivery and market linkages.

    It said the programme has noted
    substantial gains, including rehabilitation
    and establishment of 120,822 hectares in irrigation contributing to a 48 percent gain in total irrigated area, which has led to a doubling of irrigated rice productivity. The number of farmers using improved seeds and farm
    mechanisation has also increased.

    “Increasing the productivity of Tanzania’s
    agriculture sector is essential for the country to meet its economic growth
    targets, boosting food security and
    protecting the environment,” said Philippe Dongier, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania.

    “This support is designed to help
    Tanzania achieve the goal of five percent agricultural growth rate and give farmers
    access to latest knowledge, technology
    and infrastructure,” said Dongier.

    Agriculture is the primary economic
    activity for 80 percent of Tanzania’s
    population. The Agricultural Sector
    Development Programme (ASDP) is
    Tanzania’s primary tool for implementing
    its growth strategy for the agriculture sector as outlined in Mkukuta II, the
    national development plan.

    “Achieving income growth and food
    security are closely inter-linked and both
    depend on the sustained adaptation of
    modern agricultural technologies,” said Jamal Saghir, World Bank Director for
    Sustainable Development in Africa.

    “Our support for Tanzania’s agriculture
    economy is designed to offset the risks
    posed by spiking food and fertiliser prices and climate change by equipping farmers with the necessary tools to increase food
    production to reduce dependence on imports and mitigate impact of climatic
    shocks,” he said.

    “Recent impact surveys indicate that the
    improved seeds and fertilisers made
    available by the subsidy programme
    have increased average maize yields by
    1.2 tonnes per hectare, and increased
    average rice yields by 0.6 tonnes per hectare,” said Tijan Sallah, World Bank
    Sector Manager Agriculture, Rural
    Development and Irrigation, adding, “We
    look forward to effective
    implementation of these projects for the
    benefit of all Tanzanians.
    The Guardian Today.