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Katavi fertiliser warehouse to relieve farmers

by Grace Kisembo

OBO Investment an agent of Yara has opened a fertiliser warehouse in
Mpanda Town to end late delivery of farm inputs.
Cresencia Joseph, acting regional administrative officer said the
warehouse is to speed up fertiliser delivery for 2018/19 farming

We will ensure small agents, working under Obo Investment, supply
fertilisers to farmers on time during this season,” she said.
Joseph said there would be close supervision of fertiliser delivery to
ensure everything goes well.

Last year, President John Magufuli directed early delivery of
fertilisers and other farm inputs to farmers and at reasonable prices
to avoid frustrating hardworking farmers.
OBO Investment’s initiative is in response to the President’s call to
ensure speedy fertiliser delivery in Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa and Katavi

Olais Oleseenga, OBO Investment Director said the company would ensure
farmers got fertilisers and other inputs from small and big agents
when needed.

He attributed late delivery in the past to bad roads and long
distances between suppliers and consumers, adding that prices were
bound to go down once the farm inputs were transported by train from
Dar es Salaam to Mpanda, Katavi.

He also highlighted that the company plans to have 100 agents in three
districts of Katavi, who would be trained on good use of fertilisers
and other inputs and impart the same knowledge to farmers, especially
growers of rice, maize and vegetables.

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