Farmers in Mbeya region have been urged to prepare, process and package to add value to crops and attract better prices in and outside the country.
Speaking at the opening of a training programme for small entrepreneurs dealing in agro-processing in Mbeya region on Thursday, regional commissioner (RC) Abbas Kandoro said most farmers in the country sold their crops at low prices because there was no valued added to them. The training programme was organised by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).
The RC noted that there was a need to ensure the farmers in the country were trained to acquire entrepreneurial skills in agriculture and animal husbandry to compete competitively in the market.
“We must help the small farmers in this so that they may compete more effectively in the market," said Kandoro.
For his part, TBS representative Agnes Mneney said on behalf the director general that the TBS had started helping the entrepreneurs to know how best they could add value to their crops before taking them to the market.
She noted that the TBS wanted very much to see the farmers processing their products to ensure good quality.
Mneney also said apart from Iringa, Njombe and Mbeya, the TBS planned to provide similar training programmes to entrepreneurs other remaining regions.