A report by the Tanzanian National Bureau of Statistics revealed five issuse limiting the country’s agriculture productivity.
These include limited access to extension services, slow implementation of irrigation systems, low use of fertilizers, and improved seeds, and underdeveloped mechanization.
Tanzania’s agriculture minister the acknowledged the major factors hurdles that limit farmers’ earnings and their contribution to the national economy.
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