Agriculture bank to provide affordable loans for improved palm oil production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank (TADB) has pledged to provide affordable loans to small-scale farmers with a focus on enhancing palm farming and production of edible oil in the country, reports Daily News. The loans are meant to meet farming costs and increase palm oil availability by supporting production of quality oil palm seeds.…

Tanzania initiates construction of US$2.19m abattoir and meat processing facility

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Longido district council has initiated the construction of US$2.19 million facility that will act as an abattoir as well as meat processing facility in accordance with the industrialization agenda. According to Daily News, this was in line with President Magufuli’s initiative to have more than 100 new industries in every region by…

Bakhresa food group rebrands juice range with an eye on export market

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Food Products Ltd has rebranded its juice range Azam to African Fruti as it looks to expand into the African and world market, Daily News has reported. The fresh look features a vibrant African setting targeting especially African countries, providing a different offering but of the same high quality as Bakhresa products.…

Maize prices drop 40% on increase in supplies

TANZANIA - Maize prices declined by an average of 40% for the last three months as a result of increase in supply, according to an article on the Citizen. According to data by the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, prices fell in many regions, a 100-kilo bag of maize dropping to US$17.99 on July…

Kenya loses UK horticulture market share on ‘incompetent’ standards

KENYA - A study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has revealed that Kenya lost on all of its top three exports to the United Kingdom that is tea, cut roses and beans. According to the report, exports to the UK from the rest of the world have risen by 15% in eight years to…

Kenya seeks COMESA’s protection from cheap imported sugar

KENYA - Kenya has written to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seeking protection from cheap sugar imported into the country from the region, according to Business Daily. This is not the first time Kenya has written to the free trade area pursuing to limit sugar imports from the region while protecting…

Agricultural institute launches a phone device, ‘Nuru’ to fight cassava diseases

TANZANIA - The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University of the United States has launched a new tool called Nuru to fight cassava diseases using an artificially intelligent machine, according to the Citizen. The device comes in time when the cassava production in Africa is said to have…

Tanzania signs deal with Chinese firm to construct US$10m cassava processing factory

TANZANIA - Tanzania has signed an agreement with a Chinese firm, Kanton Investment Company to construct a new cassava processing factory, estimated to cost US$10 million in one of the eight districts of Tanga region, Handeni. The deal, signed by Handeni district council was facilitated by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) mandated to promote, co-ordinate…

Gates Foundation invests US$24.6m to boost maize farming in Tanzania

TANZANIA - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has availed US$24.6 million meant to commercialize insect-resistant and drought-tolerant maize seed with a long term goal of boosting maize production in Tanzania and the region. According to Daily News, the grant has been channelled through African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF). The foundation is mandated to make new…