THE authorities has abolished the tendering course of for importing fertilizer into the nation, thus opening the door for any dealer who intends to import fertilizer into the nation to have the chance.
Agriculture Minister Professor Adolf Mkenda mentioned yesterday throughout a one-day working go to to the port of Dar es Salaam.
He defined that the abolition of the tendering process was geared toward growing competitors amongst businessmen, who import fertilizers in bulk and thus impression the value of commodities.
Professor Mkenda added that if there is a rise in fertilizer imports into the nation, there are alternatives for decrease costs, which can vastly profit farmers. This transfer, he mentioned, will due to this fact additionally improve the demand for fertilizer use within the nation.
He mentioned up to now, importers needed to submit their supply to the Tanzania Fertilizer Regulatory Authority (TFRA) earlier than being supplied the chance to provide fertilizer.
Every tenderer needed to be a part of the prequalification stage during which few firms are shortlisted. Minister Mkenda mentioned the bidding course of pushed up the value of fertilizers as a result of those that gained the bid influenced the value.
“We’ve got eliminated the tendering course of, to pave the way in which for anybody who needs to convey fertilizer into the nation, all we’d like is the highest quality of fertilizer,” he mentioned. . Minister Mkenda additionally inspired buyers to construct fertilizer factories to extend manufacturing within the nation. He mentioned establishing extra factories will scale back the nation’s dependence on importing fertilizers.
He added that they have been finishing up soil mapping nationwide, to know the suitability of fertilizers to make use of relying on the realm, with a view to improve manufacturing. Throughout a one-day working go to to the port of Dar es Salaam, Minister Mkenda had the prospect to satisfy a shipper from Export Buying and selling Firm Restricted (ETG) Hasina Abdul.
She recognized that among the many challenges they face is the infrastructure the place they spend greater than 4 hours shifting from the port to Mbagala, the place they do the packing.
She additionally applauded the port authorities for constructing new berths and permitting bigger ships to anchor within the port.
“I’ve by no means seen a ship with fertilizer given precedence like it’s now; doing so reduces further prices. We’re additionally grateful that there is no such thing as a extra theft on the port. Up to now whenever you unload fertilizer you discover it has been lowered, however now you get the load evenly, ”she mentioned.
Minister Mkenda addressed the challenges affecting the fertilizer merchants, the place he famous that with a view to make sure that the merchants’ challenges are resolved shortly, the federal government has already requested the TFRA to begin issuing permits (permits to export) instantly via their authority with out going via the ministry.
To extend effectivity, permits shall be issued on-line and the workplace of the Minister of Agriculture shall be accountable for reporting on the implementation of permits by the TFRA.
In accordance with the minister, the value of fertilizers on the world market has risen sharply, so the federal government is constant its efforts to make sure that the value of fertilizers within the nation stays inexpensive. He mentioned that the import of fertilizers has elevated dramatically within the nation.