THE government of Tanzania has expressed gratitude to four NGOs undertaking projects worth more than 100 million Euros, which aims at unlocking tea, coffee and horticulture farmer's production.
This will also help the farmers from their farms to access an ample European Union (EU) Market and other markets.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Hussein Bashe appreciated the Agri-Connect, Salidaridad, IDF-Tanzania and Markup plans after their presentations on how they are going to carry out their programmes scheduled to take place in four years.
"The auction market will help tea farmers to use external facilitation to export their products instead of using the old system of transporting their products all the way to Mombasa market, where they were underpaid although their products have the same quality like Kenya’s," he said.
Mr Bashe asked the organization leaders to support another move of the government to establish Kurasini Trade Centre Project, which is set to be a One Stop Centre to assist producers to acquire certification to meet international standards before exporting to the world market as competitive products.
He told the media that the discussion between the ministry and the organization was still underway to know the modality on how they are going to support the government plans to establish the auction and Kurasini One Stop Centre to harmonize direct transportation of their product to the international market.
The deputy minister directed the Agriculture Permanent Secretary to prepare a catalogue of activities, programmes and plans available in the ministry so that all investors can have it at their fingertips.
Mr Bashe asked all organization leaders who had presented their projects and plans to think on how to reduce administration costs and meeting funds, and instead direct those resources to essential activities which directly affect the farmer's sustainability.
Presenting his project, Colin Scott from Agro Connect Project said the project facilitated by the European Union targets to use 100 million Euro for numerous activities supporting 22,000 Southern Highland smallholder tea farmers from Mufindi, Njombe and Rungwe to unlock their product and to improve their income and nutrition in order to reach the European Union market.
A presenter from IDF-Tz, Mtemi Miya told the deputy minister that their plan was to support farmers from more than 150,000 villages to improve the quality of their tea by preparing demo plots.
During his presentation, Director of Solidaridad Organization, Godlove Nderingo told the deputy minister that their plan is to support 7,000 farmers from Unguja and Pemba, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Songwe and Ruvuma through their cooperatives.
Information Technology Officer from Markup, Safari Fungo said their organization was dealing with several products from East African countries, including Tanzania.
He added that their strategy was to support Tanzanian farmers cultivating avocado, cocoa, coffee, spices and horticulture and tea and link them with their counterparts from other countries so as to improve their products and be competitive in the international market.