TANZANIA – Tanzania based company Tanhero has introduced an assembling plant for light agricultural equipment suitable for small scale farming, reports Daily News.

The plant was launched in Dar es Salaam alongside China’s agricultural products exhibition.

Speaking at the launching event, the Zanzibar Minister for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Fisheries, Mr Rashid Ali Juma, said the plant will be a saviour to small farmers.

He said the investment would boost implementation of the government’s industrialisation policy.

Mr Juma added that President John Magufuli and Zanzibar Ali Mohamed Shein focus on empowering citizens and such investment was part of making the farmers adopt modern farming practices.

Dr Zuberi Bira, Head of Tanzania Research Institute (TARI), who represented Agriculture Deputy Minister, Omari Mgumba at the launching event, said the establishment of the assembling plant was a result of cooperation between the two countries in agricultural sector, which now moves to industrial sector.

He asked the organisers of the exhibition to extend to other regions so that farmers countrywide could learn about China’s agricultural products.

Mr Jesse Wu, manager of the plant, said that they are going to provide affordable prices to small scale farmers.

The company has also partnered with the CRDB Bank for providing loans on the farm equipment to farmers.

Such initiatives are enabling small-scale farmers to get more involved in agricultural production provided some real incentives, either in terms of financing or equipment.

Some farmers in Tanzania have benefited from financial solutions together with R&D initiatives to benefit from economies of scale through development of low-cost farm mechanisation equipment.

Despite a huge role played by farmers in our economy, most of them across the globe continue to face great challenges in their daily lives.

Most farmers in Africa today are smallholder or subsistence farmers who grow

crops and rear animals just to feed themselves and their families.

Also, the majority lives in rural and suburban communities.

They suffer from challenges such as lack of information, poor financial support, lack of access to fertilizers, poor transportation and poor markets.