Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture Gerald Kusaya has called on the leaders of institutions, agencies, boards and agricultural training colleges under the ministry not to stop employees when they want to see him and present their professional problems.
He said the ministry’s staff across the country have the same rights as those at headquarters to submit their problems to the executive so that he can understand and resolve them instead of some heads of institutions denying them permission to go to Dodoma to meet with the Secretary General.
The order was issued yesterday (13.11.2020) when he visited and spoke to the staff of the Kilombero Agricultural Training College (MATI) Katrin and those of the Ifakara Agricultural Research Center (TARI) located in Ifakara Kilombero district.
“The staff member has a problem coming to see me (the Principal Secretary) should not be stopped by the Head of the College or the Director General but should be allowed. I am your leader come to Dodoma and you do not need an appointment as staff are the key to the success of the ministry’s performance “said Kusaya.
Kusaya said that during his visits to the institutions, boards and agencies under the ministry, he noted the presence of staff complaints about some of the heads of the institutions preventing employees from submitting their challenges and problems to the Secretary General. .
Kusaya informed and urged trainers and non-trainers to recognize that they are part of the ministry of agriculture and are entitled to all rights including extra duty allowances, low interest loans from the Treasury, opportunities for academic advancement and provision of tools including mages, motorcycles and office equipment to carry out their duties effectively.
While at MATI Ifakara College (Katrin) Kusaya has reiterated his mandate for all 14 public agricultural training colleges to ensure they design independent projects using the vast available land.
“I want to see the difference between past and present agricultural training colleges, if one enters an agricultural college and finds an environment similar to agriculture with the presence of farms of the best class of crop production and modern livestock,” Kusaya instructed.
The Secretary-General yesterday successfully completed a visit to all 14 public agricultural colleges in the country and called on the heads of those institutions to establish class farms so that students can learn in practice a situation that will develop skills and professionalism to make them graduate officers better.
In another step Kusaya has issued a warning to the Ifakara Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) to immediately stop the practice of preventing Ifakara Agricultural Training College from using the existing land to teach students on the grounds of non-approval.
The Director of Training, Research and Extension Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Wilhem Mafuru said they congratulate the Secretary General for caring for and serving the agricultural training colleges that have now received a new image down from another ministry.
Dr. Mafuru added that Secretary General Kusaya has successfully connected ministries and private sector stakeholders a situation that has led to the work of reviving the curriculum of agricultural training colleges (MATIs) to be enabled.
“We are pleased with the presence of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry as it has helped us to improve and make agricultural training colleges (MATIs) now known to the public through your work since your appointment by the President” said Dr. Mafuru.
The Secretary General of Agriculture directed that the fields of the research center TARI Katrin Ifakara be used equitably to conduct agricultural research activities including teaching students of MATI Katrin College without restrictions as all these institutions are one ministry.
“The job of MATI Katrin is to teach students and farmers the best principles and technologies for crop production so I would not like to hear again the issue of TARI Ifakara’s leadership depriving them of MATI land.
Greeting on behalf of the staff of MATI College Katrin Principal of the college Shadrack Kihombo thanked the Secretary General of Agriculture for visiting the institution and giving instructions that make the college better.
He added that they congratulate the Secretary General for providing the college with 138 million shillings to pay the debts of bidders this year which was an obstacle to performance, especially access to food for students.
“You are the first top leader of our ministry to come here MATI Katrin since its inception in 2017 we have never been visited by a great leader like you. We truly thank you for your efforts to come and see our work environment and your promises to help the college make it better ”said Kihombo.
For his part, Kilombero District Commissioner Ismail Mlawa said he was asking the agriculture ministry to find a reliable market for rice using the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) due to the district’s mass production.
The district commissioner called on the ministry of agriculture to help find extension officers so that each village has an agricultural expert who will help educate farmers to produce crops based on market conditions to remove farmers’ nuisances to produce one type of crop such as rice.
“We ask the Ministry of Agriculture to help each other to encourage farmers to abandon the practice of cultivating only one crop instead of cultivating crops according to market conditions including sesame, yellow maize, cashew nuts and even sisal thriving in Kilombero” stressed Mlawa.
Responding to the allegations, Secretary General Kusaya said his Ministry has already established a system called Mobile Researchers aimed at reaching out to rural farmers and educating them on crop production based on ecology and market conditions so that they can be secure.
Kusaya added that the ministry will continue to seek markets farmers starting this season to cultivate yellow maize to revive the market for these crops in Egypt
“We have received a market for 20,000 tonnes of yellow maize per month from Egypt so I urge extension officers to encourage farmers to grow this crop and other crops to increase their income base,” said Kusaya.
The Ministry of Agriculture has 14 colleges and 4 agricultural training training centers where until yesterday Secretary General Kusaya has completed all visits and meet staff since he was appointed by President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli in March this year became the Chief Executive of the ministry.
All agricultural training colleges have already been provided with blocks of houses, motorcycles, ICT equipment including computers and some repairs to improve them to provide better training that will enable more extension experts to be found if the goal of the Fifth Phase Government is to make agriculture more contributing to economic growth. .
Government Communication Unit,
Ministry of Agriculture