Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT)
The Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) is hosting this year’s forum of the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) in Dar es Salaam and officiated by President Jakaya Kikwete.
SACAU is a regional farmers’ organization established in 1992, with its membership open to national farmers’ unions and regional commodity associations in the sub-region.
ACT Information and Communication Officer Cleophas Rwechungura told The Guardian yesterday that the forum will take place from May 13 to 15, with intent to bring together farmers from Africa to deliberate on topical issues.
The theme of the forum will be ‘Funding modernized and commercialized agriculture in Africa,’ he said.
Participants are expected to assess the degree of investing in agriculture and suggest how to improve the situation, by creating a conducive environment to attract more investments in the agricultural sector, he further noted.
“This includes developing strong partnerships with the private sector like financial institutions and agri-businesses,” he explained.
Participants to the SACAU forum will also deliberate on the trends and outlook of some agricultural commodities including cereals, cotton, sugarcane, oil seeds, horticultural crops, livestock and fisheries, he stated.
About 200 participants from 16 SACAU member countries, representatives of relevant ministries in Tanzania alongside partner institutions like SADC, COMESA, EAC, NEPAD, the African Development Bank and Grow Africa are expected to participate, he added.