Tabora. The Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) in cooperation with firms distributing seeds and insecticides will, early next week, distribute 55,000 bottles of insecticides to Igunga and Nzega districts.
This has been revealed today, December 14, by Igunga District’s Cotton Inspector, Mr George Kihimbi when responding to a question by the Tabora Regional Commissioner, Mr Aggrey Mwanri, who had wanted to know as to when the insecticides would start being distributed.
Mr Kihimbi explained that the insecticides could be sprayed on 55,000 acres of cotton farms in Igunga and Nzega so as to ensure that plants were not destroyed by insects.
The cotton inspector said the distribution exercise would be in line with the laying of 1,000 spraying pipes for countering insects that had started destroying the crop.
He clarified that last season’s pipes would be repaired for reuse by the TCB if discovered to have defects.
Earlier, the Tabora Regional Commissioner, Mr Agrrey Mwanri, explained that delay in insecticide distribution could result into poor harvests and a huge loss to the farmers, something which may discourage the farmers.
He said the only way to support the farmers was to ensure that the insecticides reached them on time.
The RC advised the cotton farmers, whose plants were growing well, to start reducing seedlings, saying a delay in doing so could result in unwanted seedlings, which would waste fertilizers.