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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Agribusiness East Africa conference

28 - 29 January 2014. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Some 450 people participated at the Agribusiness Congress East Africa conference and exhibition this year. With a 26 exhibitor-strong expo, showcasing technology and equipment, the Agribusiness Congress exhibition has successfully positioned itself as the leading showcase specific to the agriculture industry in Africa.

JACQUELINE Mkindi, the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) Executive Director named Kilombero Plantation Limited as a model smallholder and big commercial farmer partnership which Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) is promoting. SAGCOT's key objective is to foster inclusive, commercially successful agribusinesses that will benefit the region's small-scale farmers, and in so doing, improve food security, reduce rural poverty and ensure environmental sustainability.

"Under SAGCOT, smallholder farmers working in partnership with large scale farmers have successfully managed to increase rice yields per acre from two tonnes to eight tonnes in Kilombero," President Kikwete told the gathering of agro-experts, company executives, farmers and policy makers when opening the agri-business EA conference.

Extract of the programme:
Panel discussion: Opportunities and pitfalls for a commercially viable East African agricultural industry
  • Honourable Adam Malima, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Tanzania
  • Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya
  • Argent Chuula, Chief Executive Officer, Actesa, Zambia
  • Salum Shamte, Chairman, Agricultural Council of Tanzania, Tanzania

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