The performance of the agriculture sector, which experienced a growth of 4 per cent in the last few years, should cause a shudder to stakeholders at a time when the country is all songs for the green revolution. Any measure directed towards revamping agriculture must take cognizance of the underlying causes.
The small agricultural growth statistics has been attributed to various factors, including drought in 2006 and the financial crunch since 2008. However, in intimate interactions with farmers around the lake zone areas of Shinyanga, Muleba and Mara also reveal a measurable lack of access to inputs in some areas and declining soil fertility in others. While the Ministry of Agriculture, Co-operatives and Food Security has been working towards addressing the gap in access to inputs through offering fertiliser and subsidies, challenges still abound.
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