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TAHA launches three projects on advocacy

7th December 2012
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TAHA Executive Director, Jacqueline Mkind

The Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) is implementing various projects aimed at improving the business enabling environment in the horticultural industry in the country.

These projects, according to TAHA executive director, Jacqueline Mkindi, are mainly geared towards advocating for a number of policy reforms and operational challenges affecting the competitiveness of the industry.

“In addressing the needs of the industry stakeholders and responding to various business-enabling environmental aspects required to boost Tanzania horticulture, financial resources as well as technical capacity in building strong cases is required,” Mkindi said yesterday.

She said her organization has been able to engage effectively with BEST-AC in mobilising the required support in terms of research and communication capacity to implement three projects collectively aiming at addressing key areas in the industry.

“TAHA is now announcing the launch of three projects aimed at the development of an industry “investment ready” or incentive package which will involve compiling a wish list of incentives to be presented to the government for consideration and endorsement,” she explained.

Mkindi said once considered by the government, the proposed investments incentives will provide the “investment ready” environment crucial in attracting new investments as well as supporting existing businesses in the industry.

Another goal, she said, is establishing a horticultural industry bonded warehouse system which aims at addressing the long standing challenges faced by importers of horticultural inputs at the entry and exit points.

This project will involve assess system modalities applicable to horticulture, consultations with stakeholders and engaging the government to advocate for the reforms. This again will come as a key incentive for investment in the industry, she said.

In the implementation of these projects, Mkindi said TAHA expects to work closely with the government, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Tanzania revenue Authority, Customs, Tanzania Investment Centre and Export Processing Zones Authority in realising this mission.

In enhancing the horticultural sub-sector in planning and implementation of District Agricultural Development Plans (DADPs), TAHA will develop evidence on the potentials of the horticultural industry at Local Government Authorities level and influence both the central government and local authorities to consider horticulture as a priority sub-sector in DADPs funding.

This project, Mkindi said, will focus on eight districts of Arumeru, Karatu, Moshi Rural, Hai, Lushoto, Njombe, Mvomero and Kilosa.

Established in 2004, TAHA is an apex Private Sector member based organization dedicated and committed to develop and promote horticultural industry in Tanzania.

One of the key areas that TAHA is focusing on is to ensure a conducive business environment for horticultural businesses.

BEST-AC is a grant programme that assists business membership organisations to create a better business environment. The grants enable these organisations to be successful in their dialogue with government to change policies, laws and regulations.

BEST-AC is responsible for the effective and efficient design, development and delivery of the Private Sector Advocacy (PSA) Fund provided through grants from the governments of Denmark (through Danish International Development Assistance, Danida), the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Sweden (through the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA) and the United Kingdom (through the Department for International Development (DFID).

COWI Denmark management consultants manage BEST-AC.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN