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Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives
Tel:+255 22 2862480 | +255 22 2862481

Location: Kilimo Dar es SalaamTanzania
Postal Address: P.O Box 9192, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

MALF Mwigulu Nchemba: Tanzania has invited Omani companies and local investors to invest in sugarcane production
Tanzania has invited Omani companies and local investors to invest in sugarcane production in the country to meet local demand. According to the Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mwigulu Nchemba announced that the government had set aside 294,000 hectares to be allocated to companies looking to develop sugarcane plantations.The minister said the land would be allocated to investors through a tendering process, to be co-ordinated by the Tanzania Investment Centre.“Tanzanian government is currently campaigning to attract small and medium investors to inject their capital into sugar factories. He said that the actual demand for sugar in Tanzania stands at 420,000 tonnes per year while local production stood at 304,007 tonnes” he said.Tanzania’s Minister for Industry and Trade Charles Mwijage said the country has been looking for sugarcane producers from Oman to invest in the cultivation of the crop.Tanzania and Oman last month established a company to co-ordinate investments and business between the two countries. Registered as Oman Tanzania Investment Company, the firm has put up $25 million as starting capital to be disbursed to private investors as loans. Read more
MAFSC: Bulk Sugar Importation Scheme Delayed
Bulk sugar procurement earmarked for domestic sugar, will not start soon as it was announced earlier because the country has enough stocks of the product.The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Engineer Christopher Chiza, told the 'Daily News' that a technical committee, comprising experts from the ministry and key stakeholders from the sugar sub sector had advised him there was enough stocks of the product for domestic use."For the time being we will not import sugar. I have been advised there is enough amount in stock.The technical committee has advised us not to import sugar until they assess the situation," he said in a telephone interview.According to the minister, the technical committee would make assessment of the situation later this month. The Minister said further that bulk procurement would apply for domestic sugar only as it was found to be difficult to implement the system for industrial sugar due to time and quantity factors affecting the consumers. Read more
MAFSC: Stakeholders Come Up With Plan to Curb Sugar Shortage
Tanzania sugar industry stakeholders have submitted resolutions to the government on best mechanisms to curb sugar shortage in the country while protecting the domestic sugar industry. According to a statement issued, the resolutions were submitted during a stakeholder meeting held in Morogoro chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Engineer Christopher Chiza. The resolutions were finally reached following a process initiated by Eng Chiza  to complete after a series of meetings and reports."The agreement is made that traders will continue to import industrial sugar for industrial use but in difference from that will be closely monitored to make sure no refined sugar designated for industrial use is illegally ending up on the market for direct consumption as is the case," Ambassador Ami Mpungwe, Kilombero Sugar Company Ltd (KSCL) board chairman, said. Read more
MAFSC: Ministry urges SACCOS to improve leadership, management structures
Good leadership and management structures are vital for the development of Cooperative Societies and youth SACCOS groups if they are to qualify for loans.Speaking to press during his tour of the Fair Deal Auto (Pvt) Limited in Dar es Salaam, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Godfrey Zambi said for companies and financial institutions to gain trust in a SACCOS, management and leadership must be concrete and well organised.Fair Deal Auto (Pvt) Limited offers loans to Cooperative Societies and youth SACCOS groups in form of tricycles (Bajaj) and Motorcycles (Pikipiki) and in his comment Zambi said the tricycles and motorcycles are production tools. “They provide employment for the youth and that way support government efforts to reduce unemployment,” he said. Read more
MAFSC: Govt calls for increased investment in livestock, fisheries
Up to 130 children die every day due malnutrition related cases in Tanzania and the government is urging the private sector and other stakeholders to invest in livestock and fisheries both as major economic fronts as well as vital nutritional fortification for the country.Speaking during the World Food Day in Mpanda District, Katavi Region, in a speech read on his behalf by Katavi Regional commissioner, Dr. Rajab Rutengwe, Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza pledged government support to investors in the said sectors.He also pointed out that poor nutrition greatly affects children’s mental development, school performance and causes inefficiency at adult life.Speaking at the same occasion, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) representative to Tanzania, Diana Tempelman said FAO will continue supporting family farming to enhance agricultural productivity and ensure food security in the country. Read more
MAFSC: Govt Eyes Far East Markets for Surplus Maize
The government is contemplating to exploit competitive foreign markets for its maize surplus, as far as the Middle East.That revelation was made by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Godfrey Zambi, during hisworking tour of Rukwa and Katavi Region, adding that Far East countries are in dire need of maize, "We have to secure foreign markets for our produces, mostly maize," he added.According to Mr Zambi, farmers in the country have realized a combined harvest of over 7.0 million tonnes of maize this season but the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has been ordered to purchase only 200,000 tonnes of maize from farmers during this maize purchasing season."The tonnage of maize allocated by the government to be purchased by the food agency in Ruvuma, Mbeya, Rukwa and Katavi is very little É as the government will spend 100bn/- this maize purchasing season which is sufficient to purchase only 200, 000 tonnes of maize from farmers. But, at the moment we only have 15bn/- at hand to that effect," added Mr Zambi.On his first leg of the tour in Rukwa Region, Mr Zambi visited the NFRA storage facility in Sumbawanga town and saw about 30,000 tonnes of maize purchased last season being stored there. Read more
MAFSC: Govt appeals to traders to buy, export surplus maize
The government has appealed to individual traders and agencies to buy and export surplus maize following bumper harvests of the grain experienced in the Southern Highland regions this year.The government through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has this season targeted to purchase only 40,000 tonnes from the entire zone which comprises Ruvuma, Iringa, Njombe, Rukwa and Mbeya regions.The appeal came amidst fears that harvested maize to the tune of 300,000 tonnes in Ruvuma Region alone may end up getting spoiled due to farmers’ lack of knowledge on the procedures needed to export the produce. Karimu Mtambo, Director of Food at the Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives ministry told The Guardian in an interview that the government’s capacity to purchase maize from the farmers is limited.Elaborating, he said, that the authority has set maize purchase target for every region for season whereby once it happens that a particular region has harvested more, the surplus has to be disposed of by other agency or individuals.“We need to be assisted by individual traders or institutions as NFRA has a limited purchasing capacity for every region,” Mtambo said. Read more
MAFS: Bulk sugar procurement system likely to start at the year end, says Chiza
The government has said the bulk sugar procurement system might start this year after receiving recommendations from key stakeholders on the sub-sector.Speaking to this paper in a telephone interview, the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Christopher Chiza, said at the moment the buyers and traders are still negotiating the best way to have the system put in place.“They are still looking at ways on how to conduct the business, despite the fact that there is slight misunderstanding between two parties but hopefully they would come with good answer,” said Minister Chiza. He noted that if things go well, the bulk procurement system would be applicable this year or early next year. He said once implemented, it would involve stakeholder including the government, traders and owners of sugar plants. They would be tasked to assess the demand of sugar in case there is shortage arising from closure of factories. Read more
Chiza challenges Rubada on economic goals
The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng. Christopher Chiza, has called for review of the law establishing the Rufiji Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) to enable it fulful its obligations.Eng. Chiza said the review of the Act will enable RUBADA to execute several developmental programmes to bring about fast socioeconomic development in the country.“The government is confident that the new board will, among other things, ensure that the Act that established RUBADA is reviewed so that it can fit the current requirements,” the minister stressed, without going into details.He also asked the board chairman and the entire board to fulfill targets during their tenure of three years for the institution to contribute significantly to the national economic development. Read more
MAFSC: Agro-sector primed for 6pc growth
Tanzania can attain a six per cent growth in the agriculture sector from the present four per cent through application of modern farming methods, according to a senior official in the Agriculture ministry. This was said by the director of Policy and Planning in the ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Nkuvililwa Simkanga, when officially launching a group of horticultural crop producers known as Umoja at Midawe in Bangata Village on the outskirts of Arusha.He noted that for such a growth to be realised, farmers needed to apply the recommended farm inputs and follow advice from extension officers and other experts.He said although the agriculture sector contributed 24 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employed 75 per cent of the country’s labour force, productivity was still low as was the sector’s growth which was only about four per cent. Read more
Bagamoyo Sugar Project to Employ 4,000
The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng Christopher Chiza, over the weekend, launched a1tr/- joint Agro EcoEnergy sugar project in Bagamoyo, saying the project was expected to produce 130,000 tonnes of sugar annually with more than 4,000 direct jobs to be created.Moreover, he said, the project in which the government owns 25 per cent shares will also generate 10,000 litres of ethanol for energy generation in the country. Read more. 
Local Traders Export Surplus Grains
Tanzania has started exporting food following the bumper harvest of crops recorded last year, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Ms Sophia Kaduma, announced.Last year, the country logged a harvest of 14.3 million tonnes of crops while the national annual food demand stands at 12.1 million tonnes.The harvest created an excess of more than two million tonnes. Ms Kaduma said that so far the ministry has issued licences for exports of 23,000 tonnes of food to Kenya. About 6,000 tonnes have already been exported. According to the PS, the National Food Reserves Agency (NFRA) this year made a historic stockpile of 214,000 tonnes. She said that the ministry was working hard to ensure that the reserve goes up to 400,000 tonnes in the coming years.President Jakaya Kikwete had earlier directed the ministry to ensure that NFRA reserves climb up to 400,000 tonnes annually in order to bring about a stable and secure food storage.The PS pointed out that the bumper harvests were greatly fuelled by the improvement in National Agricultural Inputs Voucher System (NAIVS) in the 2008/2009 farming season. Read more
Tanzania: Maize, Sorghum Fill NFRA Stores
NATIONAL Food Reserve Agency stores are full of cereals as the country expects another year of sufficient food due to last year's bumper harvests. The Bank of Tanzania said in its latest report that the NFRA made no purchase of food in December last year as it had surpassed the purchase targets of 200,000 tonnes for 2013/14 since September. The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza, announced on Monday that the country's food situation was satisfactory due to high yields last year. He said 14 million tonnes of food were harvested in 2013/14 beyond normal requirements of 12 million tonnes. The minister further noted that the government had approved 23,312 tonnes of food to be distributed to 54 districts in 16 regions which are facing food shortage. Read more
We're planning commodity exchange set-up, says govt
The government through the ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives is planning to enter into commodity exchange as an initiative towards achieving Big Results Now (BRN).Minister for ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Eng Christopher Chiza made the remark to The Guardian shortly after a press conference held in Dar es Salaam.“The ministry aims at constructing big silos to be used to facilitate commodity exchange through e- marketing, so that farmers and consumers become aware of the marketing prices of agricultural commodities,” Eng Chiza explained. He said a study will be conducted to identify the strategic grains and to educate farmers on the programme for smooth implementation.“I believe the programme will be achieved because the aim is to increase the agricultural sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product from the current 14.5 percent,” he said. Read more
Investors Assured of State Support
Government has assured local and foreign investors that there shall never again be nationalisation in Tanzania as it seeks to promote private investments in key sectors.The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng Christopher Chiza said that government is committed to promote private sector investments in its key economic sectors and there would be no policy reversal."Government has no plans to nationalise your assets," the minister said in his closing remarks of the Lake Zone Investment forum that was organised to promote investment opportunities in the Lake Zone region.He said government is keen to ensure that the rights and assets of investors were protected.Policy predictability was mentioned in the forum as among key requirements in attracting local and foreign investments. Read more
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'Low investment, experts hinder cotton sub-sector growth'
The government has confessed that low investment, inadequate extension services due to limited number of agricultural experts and value addition are the main factors that have been hindering progress in the cotton sector for many years now. Read more
                                                                                                           
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