DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday
launched three rice projects in Tanzania aimed at
increasing competitiveness and improving the
post-harvest value chain.
project is expected to benefit more than 30,000
smallholder farmers in eastern and southern Tanzania’s
regions of Morogoro and Iringa.
Funded by the EU, the
three South Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT)
rice projects will focus on equipping the farmers with
post-harvest management skills to enhance their
competitiveness in the market.
They will be
implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Tanzania, HELVETAS Swiss Interco-operation and the Aga
Khan Foundation (AKF) Tanzania.
Speaking at the
official launch of the three projects, Mary Mwanjelwa,
Tanzania’s deputy minister for agriculture, said the
projects will add to the ongoing efforts by the
government to reduce post-harvest losses which account
for about 40 percent of all harvests.