National sample census of agriculture 2019/20: Tanzania national report

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed five key setbacks that limit agriculture productivity in Tanzania. In a new report, the bureau named the issues being the limited access to extension services, slow implementation of irrigation systems, low use of fertilizers, improved seeds as well as underdeveloped mechanization. Effective interventions from the government, policy makers and the private sector are highly encouraged to address the issues, as per the NBS' National Sample Census of Agriculture 2019/20. It was revealed that, during that agriculture year, only 5.2 percent (411,108 farmers) out of the sample of 7.8 million practised irrigation farming in Tanzania. Although this is an increase compared to a decade ago, the development still signals slow implementation of irrigation and agriculture policies.