TANZANIA – The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) has unveiled plans of partnering with stakeholders in both the private and public sectors to ensure growth and development in the agricultural sector, reports Daily News.
Director General of SAGCOT, Mr Geoffrey Kirenga said that this is part of the strategy that will ensure the agricultural sector contributes meaningfully in the industrial sector.
“As stakeholders in the agricultural sector, SAGCOT will work in collaboration with all the stakeholders in the private and public sector to pave way for the implementation of the Fifth Phase government’s objective,” he said.
Mr Kirenga, who is an expert in agriculture, further said that SAGCOT has made success and registered several clusters that will act as a motivational factor for the government to achieve its target in the agricultural sector.
“It is undeniable truth that the government objective of building a middle and industrial economy by 2025 will be achieved, if the agricultural sector will be efficient,” he added.
Mr Kirenga noted that globally, the agricultural sector contributes largely to industrial raw materials and therefore Tanzania stands a better chance of exploiting the situation appealing to stakeholders for their collaboration with the state to ensure transformative agriculture.
“SAGCOT is confident that measures being taken by the government through the Ministry of Agriculture will bear fruits,” he said,
However, he said SAGCOT is proud of winning confidence of smallholder farmers, and stakeholders in the sector if it continues with the trend.
SAGCOT was established in 2010 as a public-private partnership that aims to further develop the Tanzania agricultural sector through agribusiness investments in the country’s southern corridor.
It promotes clusters of profitable agricultural farming and services businesses, with major benefits for smallholder farmers and local communities.
So far it has three clusters which are in operations at Ihemi, Mbarali and Kilombero.
By 2030, SAGCOT partners seek to bring 350,000 hectares of land into profitable production, transition 100,000 small-scale farmers into commercial farming, create 420,000 new employment opportunities, lift 2m people out of poverty, and generate US$1.2 billion in annual farming revenue.