The Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) in collaboration with other stakeholders has achieved the following:-
- Putting agriculture on top of the political agenda through Kilimo Kwanza Resolve since 2009. Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGOT) was developed as the first programme for implementation of Kilimo Kwanza. ACT successfully coordinated the establishment of the SAGCOT Initiative.
- ACT continues to support SAGCOT through chairing SAGCOT Board meetings and Annual General Meetings since its inception and is one of the settlers for the SAGCOT Catalytic Fund.
- Lobbying the Government to increase public expenditure in the agricultural sector. In the financial year 2000/2001 the Government spent 2.1 percent of its total budget on the agriculture sector. Through lobbying and advocacy there were gradual budgetary increases each year reaching 7.7 percent in year 2010/2011. With the general budgetary decline across the sectors in 2015/2016 the Government spent 4.5 percent of its total budget on the agriculture sector.
- Lobbying the Government to agree to start working on the incentive package for the agricultural sector. The incentives have extended through the Tanzania Investment Centre as well as through reduction of taxes and improving the general agribusiness policy environment.
- Lobbying the Government to establish the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Agricultural window at Tanzania Investment Bank in the interim. TADB was launched in 2015 is already lending to small scale farmers. ACT had two representatives on the TADB inaugural body.
- Lobbying the Government to reduce /waive a number of taxes in the agricultural sector for example a number of taxes on agricultural inputs and implements; 100 percent VAT on airfreight, the supply of goods and services to the organized farming for the purpose of building irrigation canals construction of road networks, godown and similar storage in the farm, skills development levy were waived. We have also witnessed in 2015 reduction of land rent from Tshs, 1,000/- to Tshs 400/- per acre in rural areas while in urban areas the rent was reduced from Tshs.10, 000/- to Tshs.5, 000/- per acre annually. Lobbying work on crop levy and multiple regulations is on-going
- Besides lobbying and advocacy, ACT advises the Government in a number of activities. ACT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in January2016. The main objective of the MoU is to build, promote and strengthen the private sector to effectively participate in the development of the agricultural sector. ACT has also instituted collaborative and innovative processes in the effective use of the Public Private Dialogue (PPD) platforms at District Level. These platforms are providing direction to ACT members, guaranteeing coherence in the network through forward planning and resource availability as well as sustaining continuous dialogue with public sector in collaboration with members at District level;
- Working as a coordinator of Tanzania Agricultural Partnership (TAP) programme which uses Value Chain Approach, ACT is vigorously promoting private sector development in agriculture. TAP has empowered farmers in 29 districts of mainland Tanzania and strengthened business linkages between different value chain actors. Through this arrangement; companies such as YARA, NMB, John Deere, Rapha Group, Mtenda Ltd are directly working with farmers and other rural based entrepreneurs.