Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tanzania yet to attain 10pc spending on agriculture

By Ludger Kasumuni, The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. The government’s budget allocation to the agricultural sector has reached seven per cent of the total budget, indicating that there is still a margin of three per cent to attain the target set by the Maputo African Union Declaration of 2003.

Delivering a speech yesterday at the opening ceremony to launch a report on Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (Mafap), the minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, Ms Hawa Ghasia, said that the country was still lagging behind in the implementation of the Declaration, which requires signatories to set aside 10 per cent of the total budget for agriculture.

“On the public expenditure side, Tanzania still lag behind the Maputo Declaration by being at seven per cent budgetary allocation,” Ms Ghasia said, when reading the speech on behalf of the minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Christopher Chiza. She, however, said compared to 2003 when the allocation was at 3.1 per cent, the current allocation of seven percent was a reasonable achievement to the country.

According to data released by the ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, expenditures on agriculture amounted to Sh616 billion in 2006/07 financial year, and Sh891 billion in 2007/8.

The data also show that budget spending on agriculture was Sh1143.3 billion in 2008/9, Sh1198.9 billion in 2009/10, and Sh980 billion in 2010/11 .