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Thursday, 07 January 2016

Tanzania trade agency goes after higher capacity

The Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE) and partners has launched an initiative known as product development scheme under the slogan ‘From the Farm to the Dining Table’. The plan is to build the capacity of 94 spice farmers from two Divisions in Morogoro rural more than 300km from Dar es Salaam. The motive behind this scheme are the challenges revealed by TANTRADE that hinder the swift development of spice farmers due to the fact that the challenges hinder these farmers from having a strategic focus as a priority before producing their crop then seek for market especially domestic market before embarking to seek for foreign markets. Edwin Rutageruka, TANTRADE Acting Director General told the East African Business Week in Dar es Salaam last week that the vision of the authority is to team up with other stakeholders and assist farmers and others engaged in trading to ensure that their products have more value and have standards including proper branding before they hit the market. “This scheme is a widespread initiative that touches almost all crops and products that are available in Tanzania and these, in a nutshell are spices, honey and its products, textiles, seeds such a peanuts and sunflower, commercial crafts or handcrafts, and horticultures all of which TANTRADE envisages them to be engrossed in the domestic market through supermarkets and hotels,” he said.  Mr. Rutageruka said that to further address the challenges that were revealed during a needs’ assessment exercise, the trade body has entered into close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Network of Farmer’s Association in Tanzania (MVIWATA), Morogoro District Council, Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) the Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO), the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Source: East African Business Week