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Agriculture in Tanzania

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • 'We don't know what they do behind the wall': Zambian women miss out on help

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/02 China is setting up agricultural centres across Africa, but in Zambia – where the majority of farmers are female smallholders – few women get the luck to learn On the highway heading towards Chongwe, 15km south-east of Lusaka, the red Chinese lettering, high flagpoles and gleaming modern architecture of the Zambia Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ZATDC) stand out amid the vast fields of maize. It is one of 25 such centres built across the continent as part of a grand plan to bring agricultural training to local people, helping them produce better crops with higher yields, so that food security is improved for everyone.
  • SAGCOT Ambitious Plan to Generate U.S$2 Billion Annually in Tanzania

    TANZANIA, 2015/01/04 SOUTHERN Agricultural Increase Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) plans to create 420,000 new jobs and lift two million people out of poverty in the next 15 years, while generating two billion US dollars in annual farming revenues. SAGCOT as well seeks to turn 350,000 hectares of land into profitable farmland and transform 100,000 smallholder farmers into commercial farmers. This was revealed by SAGCOT Chief Executive Officer, Mr Geoffrey Kirenga during the initial forum held in Dar es Salaam recently. "We have strategies to make the plans successful by 2030, the plan involves various stakeholders from the private sector in partnership with the government," he said.
  • Tanzania: Commercial Lenders Shun Agricultural Sector

    TANZANIA, 2014/11/27 AGRICULTURE remains less attractive sector for commercial lenders, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review for the year ended September shows. The agriculture sector is regarded as unsafe by most commercial banks to lend. But any little investment to the agriculture sector would bring huge impact because it employs around 70 % of the people. The BoT statement shows that the share of credit to agriculture slightly decreased to 8.9 % in the month under review from 9.2 % recorded in the year ending August and 10.8 % in 2013.
  • Low production capacity of coffee farmers in Tanzania

    TANZANIA, 2014/03/03 LOW production capacity of coffee farmers in the country denies them opportunity to harness fully the world request that could lead to increased gain generation. Official figures from the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) shows that the annual coffee production capacity is around one million bags compared to 50 million bags produced in Brazil alone. For example, production capacity of a single coffee farmer in Mbinga is between 15 to 100 bags, while in Moshi it is around five bags only.
  • ANIA'S robusta coffee yesterday fetched high prices

    TANZANIA, 2014/02/23 TANZANIA'S robusta coffee yesterday fetched high prices at Moshi auction next reports over the production cut in Brazil following consistent dry weather since last month. In a telephone interview with the 'Daily News' from Moshi, the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) Director General, Mr Adolph Kumburu, said the prices jumped to 172.3 US cents per pound compared to 138 US cents. Prices of its Arabica normally track the New York market while those of robusta take their cue from London. "Next the trading session, we noticed prices for robusta going up, due to reports that spread since early February that output in Brazil will drop," he said.
  • Investment and Empowerment, Dr. Mary Michael Nagu

    TANZANIA, 2013/08/22 National Minister in the Prime Minister's Office responsible for Investment and Empowerment, Dr. Mary Michael Nagu has urged district leaders to workout acceptable land use plans in their areas in order avoid frequent conflicts between farmers and pastoralists. Dr. Nagu made the call at Themi ground in the Arusha City on August 8, 2013 during the climax of the 20th Nanenane exhibition, in which Tanzania Coffee Research Institute emerged to be the initial winner. She said if there is proper land use plan, the pastoralists would not continue to live nomadic life in search of water and pasture, a practice which causes degradation of the environment.
  • The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza

    TANZANIA, 2013/06/08 THE government has reaffirmed its commitment to boost irrigation in the country, starting with renovation of old irrigation schemes. The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza told the National Assembly yesterday that he will visit amount the regions with irrigation schemes and see how to improve the facilities.
  • Boost Cassava and Rice Production

    TANZANIA, 2013/04/12  Key stakeholders in the cassava and rice sub-sector in Tanzania concluded a two-day conference in Zanzibar, from 04 – 05 April 2013, to officially launch and plan for the implementation of a multi-country and multi-partner project funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) in the country.
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.