Govt urged to enact law compelling farmers to use plant quality seeds

17Oct 2019
By Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Govt urged to enact law compelling farmers to use plant quality seeds

THE government through the Ministry of Agriculture has been advised to enact a law to compel farmers to use seeds with proven quality and stop using any seeds they come across and legal action taken to any farmer ignoring the requirement.

This advice was given yesterday by assistant researcher from Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) Matengia Swai when speaking to journalists on cassava seed production, saying that such a law will spur increased yields of crops, just as it is in France and Kenya.

He said in France the law is strict as any farmer who use seeds whose quality has not been officially certified faces the wrath of the law.

Swai said the unrelenting challenge facing farmers is ignoring instructions from agricultural experts including the use of seeds and fertilizer whose quality has not been certified.

He said farmers still lack agricultural expertise in various crops and also are ignorant of the farming guideline of planting seeds in a small area that result in high yields.

Hence, he said, the Ministry of Agriculture has to use experts it has to mobilize farmers to engage in productive farming techniques for increased crop production.

A cassava farmer from Mvomero district Erasmo Komba said the issue of requiring a farmer to abide by directives from experts is fine but needs large capital since the cost of quality seeds and fertilizer is still high to many farmers, and is beyond the ability of many farmers.

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