- Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 03:21
- Written by CHABBY BARASA in Dodoma
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A REVIEW of implementation of ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ has revealed numerous weaknesses that hamper smooth functioning of the government initiative that seeks to revamp the agricultural sector.
The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) report lists improper selection of agricultural input agents at the council level and late release of the input vouchers from the ministry as among the flaws.
The report, submitted to the National Assembly last week by the CAG, Mr Ludovick Utouh, also notes underutilisation of subsidised agricultural input vouchers, delay by agents to distribute the vouchers to farmers, thefts and damage to them (vouchers) as deterring implementation of the plan.
“There is also a lack of seminars to the village councils and village input voucher committees and inadequate budget allocated to agriculture department for supervision,” reads the report in part.
The CAG has recommended that responsible committees establish strategies for control to ensure close monitoring of the vouchers and take legal action against those who caused the loss and damage.
Other remedial measures include the need for the councils’ management to coordinate with the ministry of agriculture to ensure inputs are supplied timely and as per requirements to stimulate the sector within the councils.
“The council management should ensure that lower level government and village farmers are well trained on how to implement agriculture input voucher system.
“There is also need for designing some form of incentives at the village council levels to solicit for greater commitment of those concerned in ensuring that the input voucher system succeeds, observed the CAG.
Implementation of ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ entails modernisation of agriculture: increase crop production, improve livestock husbandry and undertaking fish farming. In crop production the aim is to: Increase the acreage under cultivation by using modern farm implements such as tractors and power tillers, improving knowledge and increasing acreage under irrigation, using improved seeds and fertiliser, control of pests and investing in large scale farming.
In animal husbandry, the aim is to increase production of meat, milk and poultry products. In the fisheries sector the aim is to increase fish farming, improve fish yields and fish catch and at the same time improve environmental management.