The government wants to promote organic farming

Majaliwa told the National Assembly yesterday that the strategy aims to help the country’s agriculture shift to organic farming and get rid of the use of industrial inputs for sustainable development.

“We have seen how organic farming is doing well in various crops such as corn, coffee, tea and others. So we will make sure to strengthen organic farming and inspire more farmers to make it their sustainable business to transform their incomes and their lives,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s statement came in response to a question raised by Special Seats MP Asha Abdullah Juma, who said that many countries around the world have started to prevent the use of industrial fertilizers and pesticides and focus more on the development of organic agriculture, but Tanzania has not yet followed suit. this direction.

The legislator claimed that Tanzania has continued to use industrial fertilizers and pesticides that are not safe for people’s health and soil, but did not provide any evidence.

“For example, a country like France has a special ministry responsible for supervising and developing organic farming. So, doesn’t the government see that now is the right time to have a special department to develop organic agriculture to protect the health of Tanzanians and the soil? she asked.

The Prime Minister responded that the government continues to implement available agricultural development strategies while the Tropical Pesticide Research Institute (TPRI) continues to educate farmers on the importance of organic agriculture.

He said the government will also set up a special department within the agriculture ministry to oversee and motivate farmers to engage in organic farming.

“In areas where there is no need to use industrial fertilizers, farmers are being encouraged to take up organic farming and I have seen a number of coffee and tea growers reap big harvests only using biological methods,” Majaliwa added.

He assured MPs that all imported industrial fertilizers and pesticides are controlled and checked by the government to ensure that these inputs meet standards and do not affect the health of people and soils.

He said relevant institutions check the quality of inputs against the types of soils available in the country, as the application of pesticides and fertilizers depends on the type of soil to avoid any effect.

“Thus, the government will strengthen efforts with stakeholders to ensure that we invest in educating farmers and communities on natural and affordable farming to promote the sustainable production of organic crops for the sustainable development of our country,” he said.

Experts say organic farming helps maintain environmental health by reducing the level of pollution. It reduces the cost of production and also improves soil health. In most cases, it maintains and improves fertility, soil structure and biodiversity and reduces erosion.

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