The Agriculture NKRA seeks to unlock the sector’s potential as the backbone to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. With this in mind, special focus has been placed on improving agricultural productivity, creating greater market efficiencies, and in enhancing analytics and accountability to strengthen capacity within the agricultural sector and its enabling environment.
Tanzania’s Agriculture sector is well positioned to deliver real transformation. The sector employs 75% of the country’s workforce and accounts for 25% of the national GDP. With almost 30 million hectares of underutilised arable land, there is huge capacity for greater yields, improved quality and efficient output.
Agriculture NKRA aims achieve the following topline Key Performance Indicators by 2015/16:
- Setting up 25 commercial farming deals for paddy and sugarcane
- Establishing 78 professionally managed collective rice irrigation and marketing schemes
- Setting up 275 collective warehouse based marketing schemes (COWABAMAs)
By 2015/16, the Agriculture initiatives are expected to involve 400,000 smallholder farmers and cover 330,000 hectares of land for smallholder farming. In addition, the NKRA aims to prepare 350,000 hectares of land for large-scale farming. NKRA initiatives aims to increase the production of rice by 290,000 metric tons; of maize by 100,000 metric tons and of sugar by 150,000 metric tons.
This NKRA is led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries