Counterfeit Agricultural Inputs in Njombe: Causes and Effects
In Europe, the rate of counterfeit agro-inputs is reported to range from 5% to 7%. The fake agro-inputs in Africa are reported to comprise 15% - 20% of the agro-inputs market. In Tanzania, the situation is more challenging as about 40% of agro-inputs (seeds, fertilizers and pesticides) are reported to be fake. In Njombe, 30% of inputs were determined to be fake, attributed to ineffective regulations governing supply. After identifying the problem, a review of literature was conducted and primary data were collected through personal interviews and focus group discussions. The findings generated from various sources are presented in this report, including the forms of counterfeiting, sectors with most counterfeit inputs, and other factors specific to Njombe.