ACT High Five
ACT strongly argues for the implementation of the Blueprint as it addresses regulatory reforms that promote an improved business environment in Tanzania and advance the agricultural sector. The Blueprint for Regulatory Reforms was released by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment in April 2018 in order to further improve the business environment in the country
Land for agriculture
There is no doubt that agricultural land is becoming the most valuable commodity. Productivity falls mainly due to population growth, land degradation, and climate change. The question is, do we have land for agriculture in Tanzania? In this regard, ACT calls upon the Government to allocate land for agriculture (by law). It will attract more investors and advance the sector.
Transformation in the agriculture sector is key to promoting an industrial economy. It remains the leading contributor to the economic growth of the country. In spite of its significant contribution, the sector has not received the same level of attention as transportation, education, and health in allocations and disbursements. The agriculture sector encounters several challenges ranging from inadequate budget allocations, low levels of disbursement etc. Modern agriculture practices have been hampered; therefore, ACT argues the sector should be given high priority by increasing budget allocations and disbursing funds on time. It is imperative that the Government takes into account the Malabo Declaration. This declaration urges each member state to allocate at least 10 percent of its national budget to the agriculture sector.
Strategic priority crops
ACT calls upon the Government to give priority to agricultural subsectors such as edible oils / horticulture/ fruits and spices. Import/export substitution; industrial crops: cotton, grains by addressing policy and legal frameworks that distort trade competition. Their contribution to GDP is significant and offers employment to many people.
Infrastructure for agriculture
Agriculture is undoubtedly the largest and most influential sector of the Tanzanian economy. This is because it has a diverse production base that includes livestock, staple food crops, and a variety of cash crops. The sector still faces challenges like rain-fed agriculture, unreliable markets, inadequate roads and telecommunications to mention a few. In a nutshell, ACT wants the Government to upgrade agricultural infrastructures. This will boost production and improve the livelihoods of farmers.