Serengeti Breweries Limited supports skills transfer in agriculture industry, dish-out scholarships

TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), a subsidiary of East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) has issued over 70 new scholarships to students studying agricultural-related courses in local colleges, to boost skill development in the industry. This is the second year that SBL supports bright students from underprivileged backgrounds to access college education in agricultural disciplines through its Kilimo-Viwanda program. In a linked in post, the leading brewer indicated that Last year 40 students were given this opportunity, as it inaugurated the initiative. Kilimo-Viwanda program is also meant to complement the…

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Kenya raises concerns on safety of maize imported from Tanzania, Uganda

KENYA – Kenya has with immediate effect banned the importation of maize from Tanzania and Uganda citing safety health concerns. This comes after the Kenya Agriculture and Food Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives undertook a study on produce from the two neighbouring countries, which revealed that the maize contained high levels of mycotoxins beyond safety levels. “The Authority has been conducting surveillance on the safety of food imports to Kenya. Test results for maize imported from Uganda and Tanzania have revealed high levels of mycotoxins…

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Tanzania’s tea production to rise by 40% in 2020/21 season as it targets 60,000 tonnes in 2024/25

TANZANIA – Tanzania expects tea production to rise by over 40% to 40,000 tonnes in the 2020/21 season, boosted by good weather conditions. This was revealed by the Tea Board of Tanzania (TBT) who indicated that the rise will be an improvement from the previous season’s 28,000 tonnes which was 20% short of the period’s target of 38,000 tonnes. The 2019/20 tea production was also a decline from 2018/19’s 37,000 tonnes which had surpassed its target of 35,000 tonnes of tea. Tea being one of the country’s main cash crops,…

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Tanzanian alcohol makers turn to local sources of raw materials to boost industry

TANZANIA – Leading breweries in Tanzania i.e., Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) and Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) to prioritize sourcing their wheat locally, following an agreement with the government. According to reports by Daily News, the state has reached a consensus with the brewers to purchase the raw material at a minimum price of Tsh 800 per kilogramme of wheat. This follows the country importing 800,000 and 1 million tons of wheat annually amid availability of arable land and conducive climate to facilitate mass production of the cash crop. “TBL and…

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Ten Senses Africa collaborates with Pamoja Farms to ramp up macadamia sourcing in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Ten Senses Africa, producer and exporter of organic and fair-trade macadamia and cashew nuts from Kenya has received backing from Pamoja Farms to expand its macadamia sourcing in East Africa mostly from Tanzania. The partnership according to Ten Senses comes with a significant financial injection and increased management capacity in the company. Pamoja Farms, a Swiss based operating group is set to bring onboard a lot of expertise on both management of tree seedlings nurseries and orchards, and in agronomy having been a player in the Macadamia value…

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Tanzanian beverage manufacturers, importers to affix products with digital stamps by end of January

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has set January 31, 2021 as the deadline for manufacturers and importers to ensure all their products are affixed with the Electronic Tax Stamp (ETS). The tax watch-dog rolled out the first phase of ETS in January 2019 where the stamps were issued to 19 factories that produce alcoholic beverages. This was followed by the second phase which commenced last year August, focusing on soft beverages such as carbonated drinks and water. The third phase which is set to be completed by the…

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Kioo Limited glass container manufacturer gets US$10m loan from IFC

TANZANIA – Tanzania glass container manufacturer, Kioo Limited has acquired a US$10 million working capital loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Kioo is wholly owned by African Developments Limited an associate of the Madhavani Group, based in Uganda and is one of the leading business groups in East Africa with interest in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Middle East and India. According to reports by Africa Private Equity News, the loan will go towards long-term working capital funding, and necessary equipment maintenance and upgrades, to help mitigate the impact of…

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East Africa Court of Justice halts implementation of 25% duty on glass imports imposed by Kenya

TANZANIA – Tanzanian glass container manufacturer, Kioo Limited breaths a sigh of relief following the East Africa Court of Justice (EACJ) halting the implementation of the 25 percent excise duty on imported glass bottles into Kenya from the other East Africa Community (EAC). In March 2020, Kenya amended its Excise Duty Act 2015 by imposing a 25 percent duty on imported glass bottles, excluding packages for pharmaceutical products. Kioo Ltd challenged the decision in the EACJ, arguing that the amendment would discriminate against glass products manufactured in the other EAC…

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Cashew nut production in Tanzania projected to decline to 222,400 tonnes in 2020/2021 season

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s cashew nut production has been on the decline over the last few years due to changes in weather partners and spread of crop diseases in the plantations. According to Cashew nut Board of Tanzania (CBT), the country earned US$575 million (about TSh1.3 trillion) for the export of 313,000 tonnes of cashew produced in 2018 before declining to 225,304.98 tonnes in the next season 2018/2019. The sector further registered a decline in production in 2019/2020 reaching 232,681.8 tonnes. Prior to commencing the 2020/2021 season, the East African nations…

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B2B online supplier Sokowatch deploys use of electric three wheelers in delivery

EAST AFRICA – East African retail tech start-up, Sokowatch has commenced the use of electric tuk tuks in dispatching goods from its warehouses to micro retailers. The Kenya based company has created a platform on which small retailers log orders of various goods to restock their shops. Once the orders are received, Sokowatch then dispatches the goods from its warehouses to the retailers. The company which has been operating for four years, acts as a link between retailers and FMCG companies by negotiating big discounts with manufacturers, who deliver their…

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