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'Supporting the Southern African Growth Corridor to source local barley'
In Tanzania, in the past there have been limitations to growing barley such as the lack of modern farming techniques, basic farming equipment and variable rainfall patterns. These challenges have led Tanzania Breweries (TBL) to establish its 'Project Saidiana' programme which aims to increase the local production of barley.
Last year, TBL signed agreements with ten organised groups consisting of approximately 170 smallholder farmers from the Southern Highlands region. In 2011 TBL hope to procure 1,700 tons of malting grade barley from these farmer groups.
The programme is run in partnership with a consortium of local NGO's called MIICO and sponsored by the Uganda based organisation called Kilimo Trust. This is a non-profit organisation dedicated to linking farmers across the East African Community (EAC) region, to profitable national, regional and global markets. The programme is also run in partnership with Stanbic Bank who provides farmers with a pre-financing facility to secure working capital loans for operational expenses.
This work is part of our broader support of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). This initiative co-ordinated by World Economic Forum, brings together companies (including SABMiller), donors and the Tanzanian Government. The aim is to develop "clusters" of profitable farming and agribusinesses, with nucleus commercial farms providing major benefits for large numbers of smallholder farmers. SAGCOT is expected to result in over 300,000 hectares of small, medium and large commercial farm production, achieving food security for Tanzania and the region and annual revenues of US$1.5bn by 2030. Over two million people will be direct or indirect beneficiaries through the employment opportunities created.
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