Tanzania is set to start assembling tractors and related equipment in line with its plan to modernise agriculture in the country. According to Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Stephen Wasira, the envisaged plant will have the capacity to assemble 5,000 tractors yearly.
At the historic event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s Finance Minister, Ms Saada Mkuya Salum, signed the agreement with Poland’s Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ms Zofia Szalczyk.
Daily Nation Tanzania reports that there are also plans for the construction of grain storage facilities to attain sustainable food security from household to national levels.
According to Wasira, the plant is good news for Tanzania given the fact that just over 14 percent of Tanzanians engage in modern farming using tractors, while the other farmers are still making use of hoes.
“The government envisages phasing out the use of hoes in agriculture by 2025. This will improve productivity in the agricultural sector,” Mr Wasira, who witnessed the signing with other government officials, stated.
Ms. Mkuya, speaking at the event, said that a successful implementation of the project will enable the country to achieve several objectives such as promoting the use of tractors, power tillers and other farm machinery in agriculture.
“By constructing an assembly plant, we would enable technology transfer and rapid industrialisation; we will as well be able to raise income generation opportunities in the rural areas,” Ms Mkuya explained.
The minister was hopeful that the mega project will boost the creation of more employment opportunities for Tanzania’s rural and urban population while simultaneously transforming the agriculture sector from subsistence farming to profitable business.
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