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What it takes for Tanzania to become agricultural hub

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The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation Chairperson, Ms Angelina Ngalula (left) with ministers Innocent Bashungwa (Industry and Trade), Hussein Bashe (deputy agriculture minister), Luhanga Mpina (minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development) and The chairperson of Agriculture Council of Tanzania, Dr Jacqueline Mkindi when officiating Tanzania Agribusiness Forum 2020 in Dar es Salaam on Friday. PHOTO | COURTESY 

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Agricultural experts say Tanzania can become an agricultural hub in Africa if it invests in empowering smallholder farmers, By Jacob Mosenda @Jmosenda [email protected]

Dar es Salaam. Policymakers, farmers and industrial investors believe Tanzania can become an agricultural hub in Africa if it invests in enabling smallholder farmers.

They say the dream an be realized helping the farmers use modern technology, strengthen market intelligence, review obsolete laws and establish fertilizer farms in the country.

Speaking during a two-day Tanzania Agribusiness Forum 2020 in Dar es Salam on Friday, the players pointed out key areas the country must focus to raise its agribusiness profile and make it contribute to industrialization efforts.

Ms Angelina Ngalula, chairperson of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) said laws and policies that guide agricultural practices and businesses must be revised to support the industrial agenda of the day.

“The laws and policies must encourage more investment,” she said, adding: “I hope the new business blueprint will come up with policies that promote agriculture .”

Ms Ngalula praised Tanzania’s bulky procurement system for facilitating low cost of fertilizer but expressed disappointment that challenges in transportation were making the cost of fertilizers high.

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