Local company to purchase Sumbawanga wheat

28Apr 2016
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
Local company to purchase Sumbawanga wheat

AT least 1,000 acres of land allocated for wheat production in Sumbawanga Region have been cultivated this season and the produce will be supplied to Azam Bakhressa Company, it has been established.

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At the moment Bakhresa Group of Companies is looking for about 2000 metric tonnes of wheat from Young Masitus Enterprises Limited to meet the company’s demand.

This was revealed on April 15 this year by Young Masitus Enterprises Limited Managing Director Hamisi Msigwa at a training on East African Milled Rice and Maize Specifications or Standards that was organized by Centre for Sustainable Development Initiatives (CSDI).

“I have decided to embark on this kind of farming after I landed on the lucrative market provided by Bakhresa Group, which at the moment is in need of 2000 tonnes of wheat from my company,” he said.

“Also I decided to embark on this farming after observing that wheat is widely regarded as a small crop that is not valued as a profit crop that can transform many farmers from poverty and contribute to broader macroeconomic objectives of the country,” he said.

During the harvesting season, he said, he expects to get well over 1000 tonnes of wheat.

“After discovering the benefits and markets the crop has across the country, I decided to engage in this kind of farming and encourage more small scale farmers in Sumbawanga District to engage in wheat production,” he said.

Currently about 680 farmers from different associations across the district have started to cultivate wheat and during the harvesting season they will supply to it my company.

He said, he expects about 1000 metric tonnes of wheat from the smallholder farmers and during the harvesting season, the firm will purchase the crop from them depending on prevailing market price before supplying it to Azam.

“To implement the project my company will work in partnership with the farmers by giving them harvesting services, including combined harvesters and look for markets for the wheat they grow,” he said.

This is just the beginning, next season the company will provide training on modern commercial farming on wheat production to help the farmers produce wheat that meets market requirements and even export it to other countries in the Eastern Africa region.

“Farmers will obtain extension officers who will train them on such farming, advise them, access agricultural inputs such as seeds free of charge to help them add value to what they grow, produce wheat that meets market demand and fulfil Azam’s requirement,” he said.

Presently, the firm has five combined harvesters that will be availed to the small scale farmers during the harvesting season.

“As a firm we express thanks to Azam for agreeing to purchase what we grow, he said, noting that my firm believes that by working towards this objective it will create jobs for Tanzanians save exportation of agricultural jobs,” he said.
Also this will help small scale farmers benefit from what they grow and government in its efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“As a result I call upon the farmers to use this opportunity by producing high quality wheat because Azam has agreed to purchase what you grow through my company and I will guide you to ensure you deliver what is required in our market,” he noted.

A report from the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) indicates that total wheat production in Tanzania is estimated to be around 100,000 MT annually and it is only produced in the Southern Corridor to a small extent and predominantly by smallholder farmers with a few acres of wheat each.

Also Bakhresa, the largest miller and importer in the region transits wheat to its mills in neighbouring countries and wheat flour to the DR Congo.

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