Local agro-dealers are small businesses who specialize in selling agro inputs: seeds, fertilizers, agro chemicals and other farming equipment, in some cases, local agro dealers also provide extension services to farmers. Feed the Future Tanzania- Mboga na Matunda is already working with prominent input suppliers so as to strengthen these agro dealers. Regardless of deliberate efforts towards agro dealers, their businesses are still under encumbrances. Thus, the rationale of conducting these agrodealer surveys. The 2020 survey identified some needs required by agro dealers particularly on financial services, inconsistent supply of certain inputs, but also taxes related challenges. Further, it compared the status based on the 2019 report.
In early 2018, TAHA industry analysis team conducted an Irish potato survey in the southern highlands, with the aim of profiling the available potato varieties and calculating the profitability of these varieties. It was noted that there was irregular supply of Irish potatoes improved seeds and the upcoming improved varieties were not well conversant to the potato value chain actors.
This report was written by the industry analysts from TAHA, working under the Feed the Future Tanzania Mboga na Matunda activity; Ndeoya Mungure, Christopher Chaula and Fidelis Paul.