Tanzania, Netherlands Strike Potatoes Deal

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Tanzania and the Netherlands yesterday signed an accord that may see the 2 nations cooperate in production of Irish potatoes.

The perm. secretary, ministry of Agriculture, Mr Mathew Mtigumwe, and the Dutch Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Jeroen Verheul, signed the document on behalf of the 2 governments.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the deputy minister within the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Native Governments), Mr Josephat Kandege, officers from the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (Sagcot), Regional Commissioners and District Commissioners.

Mr Kandege thanked the Dutch authorities for bringing into Tanzania 4 corporations which are skilled in potato production, saying the gesture would promote the potato value chain and put Tanzania on the world potato map. Nevertheless, he added that the essential joint venture was made doable via the efforts and willpower of staff of the Sagcot.

Mr Kandege appealed to the Dutch authorities to unfold such form of production cooperation to different crops. Mr Verheul mentioned Sagcot played a giant position in making the agreement doable, including that the cardinal goal within the cooperation was to extend potato production output and improve growers’ disposable earnings. He mentioned a potato centre of excellence and an indication farm can be built in Uyole, in the environs of Mbeya Metropolis.

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The Sagcot chief executive officer, Mr Geoffrey Kirenga, welcomed the cooperation, explaining that the 4 corporations would make investments easily within the production of the crop and eradicate erstwhile disappointing challenges.


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