Farmers meet in Dar to discuss SAGCOT challenges


In a bid to foster efficient implementation of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) project, farmers from different regions countrywide met in Dar es Salaam yesterday to discuss the challenges they are facing.

The facilitator at the workshop who is an advisor to the project from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Mr Kayonko Juma Kayonko told the ‘Daily News’ on the sideline of the workshop that special groups were drawn from 11 regions where the project is taking place to air out the challenges they faced and deliberate on the way forward.

“After we signed the contract on SAGCOT project we thought it was important we meet them and hear the challenges they were facing for smooth implementation of the project,” he said. SAGCOT is an inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership to rapidly develop the region’s agricultural potential.

It was initiated at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit 2010 with the support of founding partners including farmers, agri-business, the government of Tanzania and companies from across private sectors.

SAGCOT’s objective is to foster inclusive, commercially successful agribusinesses that will benefit the region’s smallscale farmers, and in so doing, improve food security, reduce rural poverty and ensure environmental sustainability.

According to Mr Kayonko, in the next 20 years, there will be an ambitious plan to attract investors in business agriculture amounting to 2.1bn/. Mr Huruma Kissaka, who is also a project advisor from PMO, said US Dollars 70 million (Almost 150bn/-) had been allocated for implementation of the project.

Eighty per cent of that money, he said, would benefit farmers while the remaining amount would be spent in technical and technological support during implementation of the project.

Source: Daily News Tanzania

Story by: Mariam Said

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