Poland is providing a concessional loan for the construction of food silos to Tanzanian govt. As per the present condition of shortage of storage facilities has impacted the capacity to purchase spare maize and rice
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda made a press announcement on outcome of his current visit to Poland where he mentioned the government relies on the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to buy the grains but the agency’s capacity is only 240,000 tonnes this year partly because of the lack of silos.
After making a visit to a firm that buys and preserves farm yields, MLYNPOL last week Friday, the Prime Minister said the technology to quicken construction of silos is a remarkable solution to the difficulties of Tanzanian farmers.
To finalise the loan processes the PM will be sending his experts from Tanzania to have a discussion with Polish officials.
After holding talks with a number of investors (Ghana’s President John Mahama, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame of Rwanda) that were involved at The Global African Investment Summit – (TGAIS) that took place in London, UK,PM Pinda is in Poland for an official day visit.
Deputy minister of Finace, Mwigulu Nchemba, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hahadhi Maalim, deputy minister for Energy and Minerals, Charles Kitwanga, deputy minister of Transport Dr Charles Tizeba and Rumana Regional Commissioner Said Mwambungu also accompanied PM.
MLYNPOL produces refined grain/brown flour, wheat flour and flour for making spaghetti and can process at least 360,000 tonnes of grains per day.
After the government announced its capacity to buy the grains is only 240,000 metric tonnes leaving the farmers with excess of 1, 500,000 metric tonnes of maize and 800,000 tonnes of rice. This year, thousands of tonnes for maize and rice are to remain in farmers hands.
A joint venture with SUMA JKT, a Polish tractor manufacturer, URSUS, is expected to invest in Tanzania’s agriculture sector producing various farming inputs including, tractors.
Karol Zarajczyk, URSUS Board President,said his firm is probably to set up a plant in Tanzania which will make a progress to reach other East and Central African nations.
PM Said “We started to export tractors to the African continent through Ethiopia, Ghana and Guinea, now, we have decided to go to Tanzania and Zambia,”
He also stated “Our intention is not only to set up a plant but also offer services to farmers on how to use and take care of the tractors,”.
Technical studies to Tanzanian youth will be offered by the firm at one of the country’s universities/colleges to empower them to assemble, repair and even produce parts.
Karol Zarajczyk said “We would like to set up a plant at a place where it will be easy to find youth whom we can employ or youth from a university that we can train on the technology we are using to make the tractors,”.