Norwegian government, WFP sign US$3m deal to support Tanzanian farmers

TANZANIA – The government of Norway has signed a US$3 million (Tsh8 billion) with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at improving smallholder farming in Tanzania, reports Daily News. The funding will support the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA), an initiative aimed at affording smallholder farmers to access farm inputs and markets for their…

Food and Drug Authority and regulators partner in food safety training

TANZANIA -Tanzania Food and Drug Authority has partnered four other agencies to train food traders and handlers on food hygiene and quality with an aim to improve safety and consumer health. According to the Daily News, the partnership involves government agencies; TFDA, BRELA, Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) and Tanzania Bureau of Standard…

Tanzania Bureau of Standards to launch new laboratory for efficiency

TANZANIA - Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is set to launch a new special laboratory that will see efficiency of service delivery by the bureau increased, reports Daily News. This is part of the commitment of the Tanzanian government in the implementation of its industrialisation agenda. With the expected increased industrialisation, the new lab will…

Tanzanian government lifts ban on maize export after a bumper harvest

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has lifted the ban on maize export following a bumper harvest of the crop last season which surpassed what the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) can purchase reports Daily News. Speaking during an Agricultural Policy workshop organised by Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) in Dar es Salaam, Japheth Hasunga, the…

Tanzania’s sorghum market prices stabilize as supply improves

TANZANIA- Tanzania’s sorghum consumer price has stabilised following a surplus in the past four months, according to data released by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The price is said to have remained low since July where a survey revealed that wholesale prices of a 100kg sorghum bag ranged from between US$17.32 to US$30.3,…

China to boost Tanzania’s cashew sector with a new processing facility

TANZANIA - Tanzania is set to benefit from a Chinese cashew processing plant to be opened at the Chinese Sunshine Industry in Mtwara region, reports AllAfrica. The plant will have a capacity of processing 5,000 tonnes of cashew nuts per year. Mr Joseph Kakunda, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment in the country said…

WFP promotes local nutritious foods to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania

TANZANIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to promote use of local nutritious foods in a bid to alleviate malnutrition among communities in Tanzania, according to the IPP media. Speaking during the launch of a the Oysterbay Farmers Market (OFM) nutrition month in Dar es salaam, Michael Dunford, the…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

Belgian investor to open first cashew nut shell liquid plant in Tanzania

TANZANIA – An unknown Belgian investor is set to open the country’s first cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) processing facility in Tanzania to produce oil as one step in adding value to the commodity. The project will be handled to Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) after the ministry concludes its part. Speaking to Daily News, the…

Tanzania government pays out US$1.95m to cashew nut growers

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania in conjunction with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) has released US$1.95 million (Tsh4.5 billion) to pay growers of cashew nuts after they sold their commodity to the government, reports Daily News. Following President Magufuli’s directive to buy cashew nut from farmers, about 130,111 tonnes of cashew nuts were…