Agrics to support over 12, 000 TZ farmers

One Agrics beneficiary having something to smile about

One Agrics beneficiary having something to smile about

Over 12,000 small scale farmers in Shinyanga, Maswa and Meatu in Tanzania’s Northern region are set to benefit from Agrics credit facility for agro-inputs especially seeds and fertilizers to help them prepare for the new farming season.

Preparations for the disbursement of agro-inputs are already in place and the targeted smallholder farmers will later this month receive certified maize and sunflower seeds and fertilizers, according to Charles Laswai, Agrics Programme Manager.

Laswai said his team has handed over the registration forms for package selection Wednesday. The distribution of the inputs will follow next week for quick response to farmers to start the new season.

“We strives to improve productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers by offering them seeds and fertilizers through credit bundles. We also offer smallholder-based training throughout the crop life cycle: from land preparation to post harvest handling.” He added

The agro oriented Ngo providing farmers with farming materials on credit for five years and farmers say they have improved their yields courtesy of this program.

Farmers have suffered numerous challenges in agricultural sector including limited access to credit and financial services, lack of modern farming inputs and failure to access irrigation systems.

‘’I started cultivating sunflower many years ago, but it couldn’t take me anywhere as I used poor farming practices and ordinary seeds, which had no better yield. But now I cultivate maize and sunflower by using tractors from Agrics. We believe in three years to come Maswa will be on the next level of success.” Pili Mungo, a farmer in Somanda village, Maswa district told Afrika Reporter
Agrics Ltd is one of ICS’s social businesses providing small farmers in Northern Tanzania and Kenya the means to purchase quality agricultural raw materials and equipment and pay for them in instalments.