Category “Tanzania”

Tanzania: More Research in Agriculture Needed to Eradicate Poverty

GOVERNMENT over the last three years invested over 25bn/- in research, especially on agriculture products, as one way of eradicating poverty.

This was said recently by the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, during a meeting which brought together agriculture experts from the world’s leading partnership in agriculture research.

The meeting which was hosted by IITA and CGIAR, a global partner that unites organisations engaged in research for a food secure future, brought together a consortium board and director generals of all 15 international centres that make up the CGIAR consortium.

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Tanzania: Partners Keen to Empower Millions of Farmers

GROWERS associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen farmers’ participation in the design and implementation of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).

The growers associations included Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), the SAGCOT Centre Ltd and Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA).

According to SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Chief Executive Officer Mr Geoffrey Kirenga, the agreement symbolises the partnership approach that is required to ensure that investments in the corridor were inclusive, engage and benefit farmers.

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Tanzania: ‘Youths Should Engage in Farming’

Zanzibar — IN effort to encourage youths to take part in farming, Zanzibar is planning to develop programmes which help improve agriculture in villages.

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ms Mtumwa Kheir Mbarouk, said yesterday in the House that most youths do not like to remain in villages and work in farms because they think a lot of money is in towns.

“We want to help the youths so that they minimise rushing to towns. We want them to stay in villages and engage in farming,” said the deputy minister when responding to questions from Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub who asked why only elderly parents are farming.

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Tanzania: Biogas Project Benefits Smallholder Farmers

AN affordable, easy-to-use system that converts livestock waste into energy (biogas) has helped Tanzanian smallholder farmers spend less on fuel and yield better crops.

The system, known as GesiShamba (Farm Gas), uses manure and organic waste to produce gas for cooking, while its effluent is used as an organic fertiliser, boosting crop production.

According to Mr Tayeb Noorbhai, the Business Development Manager at SimGasTanzania Ltd, GesiShamba is one of 23 innovations selected out of 800 projects world-wide and now stands the chance of winning a global innovation award.

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Ivorian, Tanzanian firms win grants from agriculture fast track fund

Two firms: the National Federation of Food Production Cooperatives (FENACOVICI) of Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania-based Darsh Industries (a tomato processing company), have been awarded grants under the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT),” the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced late last week.

It said that the award coincided with the celebration of the 2013 World Food Day.

According to Chiji Ojukwu, the bank’s Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry, “these awards are a demonstration of the extent to which African countries and their development partners are willing to go to propel the African agriculture transformation through enhanced development of agribusinesses in a manner that is more consistent with how business and investors really work.”

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Tanzania: Remedy for Cassava Streak Disease in Sight

TANZANIA has found a remedy for cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) but it cannot use it since it was genetically engineered and the country has no policy on the technology, it has been revealed.

The treatment for the disease was discovered by local researchers at the Mikocheni Agriculture Research Institute (MARI) in Dar es Salaam, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Eng Christopher Chiza.

“Scientists at MARI are, however, conducting alternative methods to control the disease since genetically engineering is not yet permitted for use in Tanzania,” the minister told the ‘Daily News’.

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Tanzania: Sugar Firm Invests Sh78 Billion in New Distillery

KILOMBERO Sugar Company Limited (KSCL) has started distilling extra neutral alcohol (ENA), which is used as an input to produce industrial alcohol.

KSCL has invested 78bn/- in the distillery that uses ferments cane molasses to produce 40,000 litres of ENA per day.

According to KSCL Managing Director Mark Brainbridge, the new plant uses cane molasses which are the byproduct in cane extraction process.

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