AGRICULTURE A VEHICLE FOR THE PACE OF INDUSTRIAL TANZANIA.
By Goodluck Paul.
AGRICULTURE a powerful sector in grooming the economy has put a remarkable history in tremendous transformation and remedy of economy and fiscal power of north countries. Its conceptualization inter alia as in Encyclopedia 2013, viewing it as a science and practice of producing goods, livestock and fisheries from the natural resources of the earth.
Tanzania has set on table an Agenda of industrialization as a national priority soon after the commencement of the current reign of President Dr John Magufuli, who took the office in 2015 putting forward an aspiration to construct a country of moderate economy reaching the year 2025.
The scope of relationship between agriculture and industrialization requires to be measured by higher parameters. That is to say, “it is difficult to bring industrial triumph without agricultural boom”. That is why an avenue for industrial revolution in human history was made straight by Agrarian revolution taking an example of Western Europe from 18th century.
The question which comes to mind is that, “is Tanzanian Agriculture steady enough to feed the industries that is aspiring to build and reinforce?”. It is proved beyond reasonable doubt that Agriculture is employing more than a half population of Tanzanians. But why the lower class in the country is referred to as either “peasants” or “the sons of peasants?”
Having a glance on statistical data for example, Tanzanian Agricultural sector grew at a rate of 3.2% in Q2 2016, reaching Tzs 3.8tn compared to 3.2tn in Q2 2015. The results were included in a report recently issued by Tanzanian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), covering a county’s GDP performances Q2 2016 GDP.
Mr. Charles Dominican is a lecturer from the college of Agriculture and Fisheries (COAF), in the University of Dar es salaam who has recently urged via The Hill Observer of University of Dar es salaam challenges facing this sector in Tanzania including inefficient irrigation system, lack of steady strategic plans, vision, policy and investment in Agriculture. These and all other hurdles make this sector become mostly subsistence oriented.
Agricultural intellectuals and people who are practicing agriculture have been giving their perspectives and evaluation about the magnitude of agriculture practices in Tanzania out of their researches or their views in public agenda, but its utility and implementation is not promising.
Most of recommendations are centering upon reminding the government and Agriculture stakeholders to perceive that achieving industrialization dream must go hand in hand with a backup from agriculture which is of course referred to us an extractive industry and a ground of raw materials.
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