THE Ministry of Agriculture and the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) have signed agreement to construct modern storage facilities for storing maize and groundnuts. The move is aimed at fighting aflatoxins.
The project which will be implemented by SIDO, involves construction of the storage facilities in 20 district councils in Tanzania mainland and two in Zanzibar.
Speaking soon after the signing event, Permanent Secretary of the ministry Gerald Kusaya said the construction of the warehouses will also help to curb post harvest losses.
According to him, the government has set side 3.8bn/- which will be used to facilitate trainings on how to construct the storage facilities.
“Leaders should make sure that the funds are properly utilised to meet the intended goals, I will closely monitor the expenditure of the monies, so you must fulfill your responsibilities to bring positive results,” he said.
Kusaya also called upon the public to protect the warehouses once they were completed so that they may last long and benefit future generations.
“In the implementation of the project, the ministry will cooperate with various institutions such as SIDO, Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA), Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) , Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Cereals and Other Produce Board of Tanzania (CPB), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS)and other institutions working in the food sector,” he said.
The permanent secretary also said that the ministry also intends to sign another agreement with contractors to build a laboratory and a centre of excellence for grain crops supervision.
For his part, SIDO director Prof. Sylvester Mpanduji said that the organisation is going to deliver the best in the project.
“SIDO also provides services in the area of technology, training, loans and markets,” he said.
Clepin Mbekomize, the projects’ coordinator said that VETA will provide training to over 400 young people on the technology of constructing the storage facilities.