Minjingu improves organic fertilizer in new brand

Minjingu mine,
Local farmers who use Minjingu organic fertilizers should expect to boost their yields because of a new brand for planting and growth which was introduced in the market last year. 

The new product, Minjingu Mazao, has so far been well received by the market, according to Mr Tosky Hans, CEO of  Minjingu Mines and Fertilizer Limited (MMFL)  whose company is the sole producer of organic fertilizers in the country. He said the new brand has been introduced to cope with farmers’ demand. 

“We shall be able to give more information after this season as the Agriculture Research Institute is compiling a report on farmers’ reaction to the product from different parts of the country,” Hans noted.

He said the final report on how farmers have experienced with Minjingu Mazao during the first planting season, is due next August.

“Once we get the report it should be communicated to you by next September,” the MMFL chief executive pointed out.

Tanzania Fertilizer Company Limited (TFCL) General Manager, Salum Mkumba said Minjingu Mazao will likely compete with imported artificial planting and growing fertilizers such as DAP, NKP and Urea which many local farmers are used to.

“A major competitor to Minjingu fertilizer is DAP because it’s a planting fertilizer which many farmers preferred because it has some nitrogen content which not only helps crops to grow faster but also turn green,” Mr Mkumba said.

The TFC is one of the largest fertilizer importers and distributors which is also one of the major agents of Minjingu fertilizers.

“Minjingu Mazao is a new brand which offers nitrogen as well, hence being at par with DAP in as far as planting fertilizers are concerned,” he pointed out saying many farmers preferred the imported fertilizer because it worked more efficiently and faster.

DAP has 46 phosphate which helps plant grow rapidly and 18 per cent nitrogen which turns them green while the original Minjingu fertilizer had only 30 per cent phosphate. 

He pointed out that despite having the new product, the Arusha based company has not done enough to promote the product which many farmers may opt to use if research results this season show improvement. 

With consumption of less than 15 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare, Tanzania is far behind the 50kgs per hectare as recommended by the Abuja Declaration over a decade ago.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives targets to more than double fertilizer use by local farmers come 2015.
Source: The Daily News,www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Finnigan wa Simbeye
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