Likes and dislikes by the farmer
They need government out of cashew business, Bwana Maulidi is a cashew farmer and chairperson of the primary society in Tandahimba. He says “In my understanding task force is the body that has been formed for their own benefit. The cashew is mine; they are forming the taskforce to do what?
Cashew nuts experience in Tandahimba , Newala, Masasi and Nachingwea districts
In a nutshell, task force is the body architected by the regional administration in Mtwara and Lindi regions to accommodate other actors in the auction of the cashew. For example, through the task force, the auction is being supervised by the regional commissioner who has the final say as to whether the auction to take place or not, something that neither exist in the Warehouse Receipt Act nor in the regulations
Tiered or periodic payments, Collectively, most of the small farmers interviewed in Nachunyu, Makote, Mtakuja, Temeke, Nambambo villages and Newala have lamented on the periodic payments, for not being able to budget properly and indeed facing difficulties in cash management to meet their daily demands such as health, foods and schooling their children.
They are demanding payments in two installment, first the full indicative price payments and second, a bonus. They referred the current mode of payments as government borrowing poor people; something that they said is unacceptable and unjust. They have noted that since the warehouse receipt started their life standard have been going down and they felt much better of during the time when the market was free, as they got single payment compared to the current system.
In Makote village, a tiered payment is still an issue for them. Mzee Janguo is a small farmer in Makote village and don’t understand where is government getting the bonuses. He says, “As a farmer I don’t understand the importance of this system and we still wonder for the government’s promise that upon introduction of the system, farmers will get a present (bonus). We pay all necessary cost involved, so where is this present (bonus) coming from?” In Nachunyu Village Mzee Mnkwanja is a small farmer. He is completely irritated with the current tiered payments. He says, “this habit of government borrowing a poor farmer like me is unjust, and if this is what the system is all about, so lest it shut down completely
Transparency during auction Mzee Issa is a small farmer from Makote Village. He says, “During the auction primary societies are not there but informed the price at which the cashew have been sold”. He doesn’t see any difficulties for primary society or farmers to participate in auction as observers to restore transparency in the system.
Ideally Farmers are not allowed to participate in the auction rather, the cooperative union - the representative of the farmers do, whom again, farmers have complained of not representing their interests, but of the task force. It is even possible, farmers to not know the price buyers offered, and so they are left in darkness not to ascertain the amount of bonus they are supposed to get.
Bwana Abubakari is a small from Makote village. He says “asking us whether the system is good or bad, it doesn’t give a long lasting solution but rather, farmers should have been asked, what do we want? We need transparency!