October 1, 2013
Under the Japanese Grant Aid of "Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers", known as 2KR, 6,003 tons of DAP fertilizer (Di-Ammonium Phosphate), equivalent to 20% of annual DAP consumption, is provided to the United Republic of Tanzania. The fertilizer was handed over to Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, then, expected to be sold mainly to small scale farmers through the market system. The handing-over ceremony was held on 1st October, 2013, attended by H. E. Mr. Masaki Okada, Ambassador of Japan, and Hon. Eng. Christopher Chiza, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. In his speech, Hon. Eng. Chiza showed his gratitude to Japan for its continuous cooperation in various areas over the last several decades.
This project aims to ensure food security of the United Republic of Tanzania. While Tanzania has been enjoying a relatively high self-sufficiency ratio of food, its food security has not been fully attained yet.
To improve this situation, the Government of Japan provided Tanzania with a grant of 6.18 billion Tanzanian Shillings (380 Million Japanese Yen) for the procurement of fertilizer. The donation intends to support the Government of Tanzania in their efforts to achieve higher productivity through enhanced utilization of fertilizer by smallholders of the country.
At the same time, selling fertilizer in the local markets enables the Government of Tanzania to accumulate local currency which will be pooled in a counterpart fund. By utilizing this counterpart fund, various social and economic development activities will be carried out for agricultural development and poverty alleviation in the country.
Speech of H.E. Masaki Okada, Ambassador of Japan
H. E. Mr. Masaki Okada(middle) and Hon. Eng. Christopher Chiza(right), Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives with Mr.Yasunori Onishi, Representative of JICA Tanzania Office(left)