DAR-ES-SALAAM-- The Tanzanian government has drwan up plans to build grain warehouses in various strategic areas in the country, an initiative which is expected to cost 55 million Euros, says Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage.
The minister, who revealed this here Wednesday when he attended the Eastern Grain Council Annual Luncheon, said the government had set aside the funds for the project whose implementation would be launched by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa in Dodoma next month.
Mwijage said for the 2017/18 harvest season, the government had estimated that the country would produce a surplus of maize and rice, a situation which compelled it to ensure there was sufficient warehousing facilities.
As a country, we are proud of our status as a major agricultural producer in eastern Africa; we produce surpluses of maize, rice, pulses, tea and coffee, among other crops, he said.
He said the Ministry had partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Eastern Africa Grain Council to develop the Pulses Value Chain Road Map 2016-2020 of agro-industries in Eastern Africa to provide a guiding framework for promoting international trade in pulses commodities to seize the opportunities in the international market.
Mwijage said the EAGC had been instrumental in efforts to provide markets for pulses produced in Tanzania, exemplified by its efforts to find markets for pigeon peas in and eliminating technical barriers to international trade in pulses.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK