The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Tanzania with support from the European Union (EU) on Thursday launched a Tsh 4.1bn rice project in Morogoro Region, Tanzania.
Working with the Rice Council of Tanzania (RCT), the four-year project is dubbed ‘Enhancing Competitiveness of Smallholder Rice Farmers in Morogoro’ and aims to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and value chain actors in the rice sector.
The EU has funded the project in support of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT)’s goal of fostering inclusive, commercially successful agribusiness.
“The project will contribute to shifting from small-scale subsistence farming towards small-scale ‘commercial’ farming, by targeting the existing challenges and gaps within the value chain, particularly limited knowledge among farmers on post-harvest practices, and their minimal control over the process after harvest,” said
“Smallholder farmers will be enabled to produce a product that is of good quality and in sufficient volume at a lower cost of production,” he added.
Source: Asoko Insight / February 9, 2018
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