Live media interview with East Africa TV
The Tanzania team shared highlights on East Africa TV, on the grain sector and regional trade with the harvest season in Tanzania just around the corner. Speaking during the interview was Mr. Dikwe (an EAGC member), Sharifa Chikaha and Junior Ndesanjo (EAGC Secretariat). Ms. Sharifa created awareness on EAGC -RATIN during the interview. She explained the RATIN data collection method, data quality checks, cross border trade and the National food stocks. She called on to farmers to utilize EAGC Market Information before making grain trade decisions.
Mr.Juma Dikwe, Country Programs Committee Member and the chairman of Tandale Market Grain Sellers Association shared his expectations and experience as a grain trader. He urged the governments to allow free trade among the EAC and SADC member states where he emphasized on the need for a “Grains without borders” context.
Junior talked about Post-Harvest Losses as the harvest season in Tanzania approaches. He noted that Post-Harvest Losses are caused by high moisture content of grains harvested resulting to aflatoxin contamination. He highlighted the EAGC collaboration with Tanzania Bureau of Standards where the two institutions are training farmers to address the challenges.
Budget Synopsis to review impact on the grain sector
The Tanzania team in collaboration with PWC hosted the post budget synopsis meeting at the Tanzania country office. The budget synopsis was convened to share an in-depth analysis of the Tanzania National Budget for the 2018/19 financial year, which was presented before Parliament on 14th June 2018. A wide range of industry stakeholders were represented at the forum. Amongst the stakeholders present included grain farmer associations, traders, processors, research organisations, financial institutions and development partners.
Key issues discussed include:
1.Stakeholders were concerned on the 18% VAT imposed on crop insurance. This is an added cost especially for small scale farmers
2.There is 18% VAT imposed on post-harvest equipment. While tax was exempted for farming equipment and machinery, nothing was done on post-harvest equipment despite proposals from agricultural actors.
3.Ministries should always collaborate to avoid opposing policies. This is mostly applicable for the Ministry of environment, Ministry of industry and Ministry of agricultural. Irrigation schemes are usually affected when the Ministry of environment imposes the natural resource preservation law.
4. How is the agriculture sector the priority of the next monetary year on Tanzania and yet it was allocated less than 1% of the total National Budget? This was one of the key areas of concern from EAGC members.
Tanzania Agribusiness Expo
The Tanzania team hosted the 6th edition of the annual Agribusiness Expo in Arusha, whose theme was "Promoting Innovative Industrialization, Trade, Food and Nutrition Security through Agribusiness Transformation".
Several organisations sponsored the event including Rikolto (previously VECO East Africa, The Africa Agribusiness Academy, Global Communities-AIMS, R.G.E.E.P.T Organization Arusha Tanzania, Rural Urban Development Initiatives, MVIWATA Arusha AND MVIWATA Kilimanjaro and The International Potato Center,
The EAGC Agribusiness Expo brought together stakeholders from; Agribusiness, telecommunication, banking, insurance, machinery, among others, to engage in lively dialogue with their clients, which usually results into demand-driven products and services to satisfy the requirements of their clients and to boost company sales. The Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr Charles Tizeba graced this year’s Expo.
The Agribusiness Expo had the following features: crop demonstration units, Exhibition arena, Machinery display, Stakeholders networking forum and a B2B Meetings.
Objectives of the Expo:
1. To enable players in the industry to create business contacts and explore new business opportunities.
2. To empower farmers through training on new innovations and technologies in farming.
3. To provide an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their products and innovations to a variety of stakeholders for adoption.
The event attracted over 5,000 farmers and 35 exhibitors.