May 11, 2015
H. E. Mr. Masaharu Yoshida (left) and Hon. Stephen Masato Wasira (right) carries the fertilizer handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives
Under the Japanese Grant Aid of "Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers", known as 2KR, 7,492.7tons of UREA fertilizer 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 7th May, 2015, attended by H. E. Mr. Masaharu Yoshida, Ambassador of Japan, and Hon. Minister Stephen M. Wasira, Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. In his speech, Hon. Wasira expressed his gratitude to Japan for its continuous cooperation in the agricultural sector 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 productivity has remained low.
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.