This was revealed here yesterday by the Manager of Manyara and Singida Regions Sunflower Project, Tumain Elibariki from farm Africa at a business meeting by sunflower dealers in Manyara Region.
Elibariki said the aim of the gathering is to build a joint understanding among stakeholders by bringing together, sunflower farmers, sunflower oil processors, seeds and farm inputs dealers, extension officers and financial institutions that are needed to provide loans to farmers.
He added another aim is to look into the issue of reliable markets for the crop.
"We have agreed with farmers for them to be trustful and produce profitably to eradicate the existing edible oil shortage, and not mere words without production,” he said.
He also said after the meeting, the farmers will go to sign contract agreements with sunflower oil processing firms so that the work starts immediately.
Elibariki said Farm Africa cultivates sunflower in Babati
Hanang and Kiteto districts where they, together with extension officers will supervise 3,750 farmers from 75 groups and 10 small edible oil processors to enable them revolutionize sunflower cultivation.
For his part, opening the meeting, Manyara Regional Commissioner, Makongoro Nyerere called on farmers and edible oil processors to respect the agreements signed.
"I request that such meetings should produce the sunflower sector as we have had many of them already,” he said.
For his part, the representative from Kom Food Products Limited, an edible oil processor George Mboje said they can process 300 tonnes of edible oil per day but they can raise production to 500 tonnes if the get adequate raw materials.
He said they need 150,000 tonnes per year, or 500 tonnes per day needed.