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Dar plans irrigation training centre for East Africa

Published on March 21, 2018
Tanzania plans to introduce the first ever center of excellence on irrigation training to serve East African countries. The training centre at Oljoro with exemplary farm and man-made lake, is the brainchild of Arusha Technical College’s (ATC) irrigation engineering department. It was established to devise modern ways of farming that free farmers from extreme reliance on rains. Read more. Source | Daily News
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Eight achievements of EA trade hub project revealed

Published on March 20, 2018
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) has highlighted 8 achievements it recorded during the implementation of a yearlong East Africa Trade Hub project in facilitation towards compliance with the region common market protocol. Among other achievements, the project succeeded to re-open rice markets for small holder farmers in Rwanda and Uganda, this was after eliminating the 75 per cent common external tariffs. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Tanzania merges agencies to ease cost of doing business

Published on March 20, 2018
Tanzania is planning to merge three investment bodies to attract foreign direct investment and spur industrialisation. The government has endorsed a proposal to merge the National Development Corporation (NDC), Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and Economic Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) to make it easy for investors to set up shop in the country. Read more. Source | East African
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East Africa defies odds, tops economic growth in Africa

Published on March 20, 2018
East Africa recorded the continent’s best economic performance in 2017, with a GDP growth of 5.9 per cent — above the continental average of 3.6 per cent. This growth was achieved in a year that saw the region’s economic fortunes dip, as several companies keen to lower costs and post profits turned to staff cuts. Read more. Source | East African
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Local traders hail Tanzania Ports Authority initiative

Published on March 12, 2018
Rwandan importers and exporters will no longer have to travel to Dar es Salaam port, Tanzania to clear their shipments, thanks to the new Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) liaison office, which opened last week in Kigali. The liaison office is expected to operate as a one stop centre for traders to pay and clear their goods from Kigali without having to travel to Dar es Salaam. Read more. Source | New Times
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New private sector policy is in the pipeline, says government

Published on March 07, 2018
The policy will, among other things, pave the way for some key changes to current laws and regulations governing the sector, according to the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office unit responsible for policy and coordination, Prof Faustine Kamuzora. “When businesses or companies grow, the economy of the nation also grows,” said Prof Kamuzora at the launch of the Tanzania Venture Capital Network (TVCN) in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Read more. Source | IPP Media
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Agriculture fraternity in key meeting

Published on February 14, 2018
Agricultural sector stakeholders converge in Dodoma tomorrow for a meeting that will deliberate on ways to improve its contribution to the economy.The meeting - which is the 4th Annual Agricultural Policy Conference (AAPC) - will begin tomorrow and run through Friday. It will evaluate the outcomes of last year’s discussions on the subject and propose a new policy for implementation. Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Prof David Nyange from the Michigan State University said agriculture has what it takes to drive the country’s economy to industrialization. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Cotton production to quadruple this season

Published on February 13, 2018
The Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) director general, Mr Marco Mtunga said at the weekend that the country expects to harvest 600 million kilogrammes (about 600,000 metric tonnes) compared to 150,000 metric tonnes produced last years. The expected bumper harvest, according to Mr Mtunga, is a result of an increase in the number of people who are engaging in the cultivation of cotton. Cotton production is expected to rise by nearly four times this season, thanks to an increase in the number of regions preferring cultivation of the crop due to prospects of better prices. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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