The United Republic of Tanzania


The Government has sounded an immediate need for small farmers to join cooperative societies for moving to large scale farming to produce sufficient wheat which is needed by flour mills .

The Minister of State in the President’s Office (Investment), Prof Kitila Mkumbo stated that the country’s industrialization drive has created an increased demand for agricultural raw materials. The Minister made remarks in Dar es Salaam upon visiting the Said Salim Bakhresa & Company Limited as part of his familiarization visit to investors upon his appointment to the portfolio. The visit was coordinated by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) where the investors have registered their projects.


“As we put more emphasis on the establishment of industries, we should also ensure that there is linkage between these industries and the farmers while supporting them to produce sufficient wheat,” he noted, adding that the linkage could only be possible when the farmers operate under cooperative unions and cultivate in large scale.


During his visit to the company, he was informed that one of the company’s industries, Buguruni Flour Mills, uses imported wheat for processing because of insufficient wheat production within the country. It came to light that the industry’s annual demand for wheat was about 1.1 million tones. To fill the gap, the government has sounded an immediate call for small farmers to join cooperative societies for moving to large scale farming to produce sufficient wheat and establish good linkage with current mushrooming of food and beverage industries.


 “This is a huge opportunity for our wheat farmers if they could come together under the cooperative societies and join their forces for commercial farming,” Prof Mkumbo stated.


Bakhresa Group Corporate Affairs Director Hussein Sufian said the company was in talks with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) to see how they can cooperate in empowering local wheat farmers to increase production to feed the industry.


“We want to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TADB that would make an arrangement to bring together farmers to cultivate mass wheat for feeding our industries with raw materials,” said, Mr. Sufian.


As a big local investor, which has created over 45000 jobs, the company expressed satisfaction over cooperation from regulatory authorities in addressing challenges facing investors.


Local and foreign investors are invited to see the said gap as an opportunity for investing in Tanzania.


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