SBL awards scholarships to students in Iringa

IRINGA: SERENGETI Breweries Limited (SBL) has announced another cohort of students sponsored through its Kilimo Viwanda Programme which aims to provide educational opportunities to underprivileged students pursuing courses related to agriculture.

Over the past four years, the Kilimo Viwanda Programme has supported more than 300 students in their pursuit of agricultural-related courses, creating a sustainable pipeline of knowledgeable professionals who play a pivotal role in the development of Tanzania’s agricultural landscape.

Speaking at the scholarship handover ceremony, SBL Director, Obinna Anyalebechi said, “The scholarship is part of our commitment to support agricultural development in the country.

We believe this programme will go a long way in strengthening the existing pool of farm experts in the country by helping farmers increase productivity and, ultimately, their incomes.”

The director said that in this year’s intake, SBL will be sponsoring five new promising students who will be joining the nine students already pursuing agricultural-related disciplines at St Maria Goretti in Iringa.

This expansion of the programme demonstrates SBL’s commitment to supporting the implementation of the agriculture sector development programme, whose primary aim is to increase productivity and farmers’ incomes.

SBL Director of Supply Chain, Mr Alfred Balkagira acclaimed, “The programme encourages local talent, strengthening the capacity for local sourcing of raw materials.

This approach not only reduces costs but also significantly contributes to the growth of surrounding agricultural communities, reinforcing the connection between SBL and the local community,”

Moreover, students educated through this initiative are likely to champion sustainable agricultural methods, positively impacting sourcing and production processes.

Their fresh perspectives and innovative ideas will enhance efficiency and streamline SBL’s sourcing of raw materials from farmers for beer production, such as barley, maize and sorghum.

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