Tanzania’s government asked those in charge of agriculture to set plans to avoid imports of agricultural produce. The country’s hard currency has been expended over import of agricultural products, as stated by Gerald Kusaya, PS in the Ministry of Agriculture. He requested the agriculture sector to focus on ending imports.
He supported his words with an example on how the country is dependent on agriculture imports; products like wheat, sugar and cooking oil are imported while they can easily be produced in Tanzania.
He stated that Tanzania’s annual spending on importing cooking oil reaches 470bn/. This should be reduced or even stopped, he said. For edible oil, we can rely on growing sunflowers and palms, he also continued.
Kusaya called for the officials in agriculture to illuminate farmers to get involved in the business and help the country to grow economically.