For the past three years, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Centre Ltd. (SCL) has seen the steady growth in the development of the agro-industries in the Ihemi Cluster, an agro industrialization zone covering the Njombe and Iringa regions of Southern Tanzania.
Over this period, public and private partnerships have seen the growth of regional agribusiness, with smallholder farmers improving their crop quality and yields and receiving the much needed agricultural extension services, inputs, outputs and access to markets for their produce. Potatoes, Soya and Dairy are some of the industries steadily growing in this region.
To ensure this progress steadily accelerates, in February 2018, SCL convened a public-private sector discussion to consolidate policy concerns to be addressed to resolve bottlenecks in the value chain development. Partners from Policy Analysis Group (PAG), Partnership Accountability Committee (PAC) to Strategic Policy Partners that include Ministries, Government Agencies/Institutions, Non-State Actors were present in the discussion.
The Iringa Regional Commissioner Hon. Amina Masenza presided the event offering her support to ensure guidelines, policies and procedures are developed to strengthen the enabling environment to build the agro-industry in the region.
The two-day workshop concluded with three core policy areas to be addressed by SCL’s Policy department in partnership with key stakeholders in the 2018 calendar year.
The three core areas include:
•To increase public sector investment in agriculture with a focus on increased financing in feeder roads infrastructure.
•To address challenges in misalignment among Government Regulators with focus on TOSCI, TPRI, TFRA, TBS and TFDA.
•To improve the accessibility of fertilizer for smallholder farmers with a focus on fertilizers under Bulk Procurement System and those not included.