‘Seaweed processing factory in progress’

SEAWEED farmers here should now hope for guaranteed market for their products along with value addition, the government said yesterday that plans are already underway in collaboration with experts from Indonesia.

“Farmers should expect for bright future in seaweed business. After study which involved ‘Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)’, and ‘The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)’, we signed a MoU with Indonesia farm, a move to another step,” said Mr Hassan Khamis Hafidh Deputy Minister for Trade and Industries.

Hafidh was responding to questions from backbenchers led by Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub (Paje) who asked to know the development of seaweed farming including value addition.

The backbenchers said it was high time the government find better ways for farmers to benefit. COSTECH is a parastatal organisation with the responsibility of coordinating and promoting research and technology development activities in the country, while WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation.

The deputy minister said more than 23,000 farmers growing spinosum, and Cottonii, will soon be happy. Seaweed processing factories will be established by the ‘Zanzibar State Trade Corporation (ZSTC)’ in collaboration with Indonesians: Ocean fresh and ‘Kappa Carregeenan Nusantara (KNC),’ now they are working on business plan.”

“The expected joint seaweed factory joint project will use sophisticated technology to produce different commodities from seaweed.

Soon the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Trade and Marketing will lead a delegation to Indonesia on a mission to finalise agreement with Indonesian companies,” said Mr Hafidh.

Author: ABDALLAH MSUYA in Zanzibar

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