TCCIA gets 2,000 acres for cassava plantation and industry in Dodoma

07Oct 2019
Correspondent
Dodoma
The Guardian
TCCIA gets 2,000 acres for cassava plantation and industry in Dodoma

TANZANIA Chamber for Commerce, Industrial and Agricultural (TCCIA) is set to invest in large plantations of cashew and cassava in Chemba District, Dodoma Region.

The chamber has secured 2,000 acres of land in the district that will be used to support installation of cassava processing industry, with an eye of producing cassava starch as well as animal feed.

 

According to TCCIA regional secretary, Idd Senge, the chamber will run the crucial project in partnership with a high profile local investor (name withheld).

"We have already obtained the land and currently we're working on some key pending issues in readiness to have the project take off, " he briefed the Guardian, added: "Our target is to install modern quality so as to produce the beast products,"

He noted that the development was part of series of efforts by the chamber to speed up a pace of industrial grow in the region.

Moreover, he bragged that, the envisaged plant would play major role in stimulating cultivation of the tuber crop in the region by ensuring relevant farmers with vast markets for their produced.

Despite being endowed with key potentials for growing cassava, the cash crop has for years been cultivated in poor tide in the region, and the country in a whole.

But the recently revelation that some Indian and Chinese traders are eying to invest largely in cassava processing industries in Tanzania has triggered major revolution among many farmers of the crucial cash crop.

During the China- ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) 2018, held in China, most Chinese traders expressed major interest to chip in the country (Tanzania) and invest in cassava processing industries.

With estimated annual production rate of 6.8 million tonnes, Tanzania is the twelfth largest producer of cassava in the world, and the sixth in Africa after Nigeria, DRC, Ghana, Angola, and Mozambique.

The future demand of cassava in Tanzania is projected to stand between 530,000 and 630,000 tonnes whereby potential drivers of increased local demand are milling, animal feed,beer and beverages, sweet and snacks, starch manufacture, textile factories, paper mills and hardboards as well as paint and pharmaceuticals.

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