Dagaa Ziwa Victoria kulisha nchi tano

WITO umetolewa kwa wafanyabiashara kutoka nchi za Kenya, Jamhuri ya Kidemokrasia ya Kongo (DRC), Zambia, Malawi na Uganda kujitokeza kununua dagaa waliofurika katika Soko la Samaki Kirumba Mwaloni, jijini Mwanza.

Ziwa Victoria lipo katika nchi tatu za Tanzania, Kenya na Uganda, lakini Tanzania ikiwa na eneo kubwa la ziwa hilo, asilimia 49. Kenya ina asilimia sita na Uganda ina asilimia 45.

“Kwa sasa dagaa na samaki wengine wanapatikana kwa wingi sokoni hapa, hivyo tunawakaribisha wateja wetu wakuu kutoka Kenya, DRC, Zambia, Malawi na hata Uganda kuja kununua bidhaa hizi.

“Wateja wetu wengine wakuu ni kutoka mikoa mbalimbali hapa nchini ikiwamo Dar es Salaam, Mtwara na Pwani, hao wote tunawakaribisha, dagaa wapo wa kutosha,” alisema Mwenyekiti wa soko hilo, Fikiri Magafu katika mahojiano na gazeti hili jijini hapa, jana.

Kwa mujibu wa Magafu, dagaa na samaki wengine wakiwamo aina ya sangara wanaovuliwa katika Ziwa Victoria wameongezeka sokoni hapo tangu Novemba mwaka huu kutokana na ongezeko la maji ziwani kipindi hiki cha mvua zinazoendelea kunyesha.

Hata hivyo, alielezea kuridhishwa na mahudhurio ya wafanyabiashara kutoka DRC akisema wamejitokeza saba katika kipindi cha wiki mbili na kwamba kila mmoja ameweza kununua magunia kati ya 100 na 1,000 yenye dagaa.

Naye muuzaji wa dagaa katika soko hilo, Johari Juma alitoa wito kwa serikali ya Tanzania kulitangaza soko hilo kimataifa na kupunguza ushuru wa bidhaa hizo ili kuvutia zaidi wanunuzi kutoka nje ya nchi.

Soko la Samaki Kirumba Mwaloni lina uwezo wa kuhifadhi magunia 80,000 yenye dagaa kwa wakati mmoja, achilia mbali samaki wengine, matunda na nafaka mbalimbali. Soko hilo lipo kando ya Ziwa Victoria na lina uwezo wa kuhudumia jumuiya ya wafanyabiashara zaidi ya 2,000 wa samaki kwa wakati mmoja.

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Envoy touts exploitation of Chinese market

TANZANIANS, especially commodity producers and service providers, stand a good chance to prosper if they fully exploit the rising Chinese market, with the first international exhibition to allow them showcase their products pencilled for next year in Shanghai.

Tanzania Ambassador to China, Mr Mbelwa Kairuki said the event known as the First Importation Exposition, the first of its kind, was announced by the Chinese government last month with special focus on promoting commodities produced in countries that are members to the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative.

“Tanzania being a member to the OBOR initiative from Africa, must fully exploit this opportunity by organising and facilitating traders to showcase their products in Shanghai, next year,” Ambassador Kairuki insisted.

According to him, the decision to hold the event from November 5 – 8, next year, was announced by China Vice-Minister for Commerce and Representative of International Trade, Mr Fu Ziying.

The decision by the Chinese government to organise the exposition is an implementation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (pictured) promise to Heads of State from OBOR nations during the summit in Beijing in May, this year, of opening Chinese market to the outside world.

The top Tanzania diplomat in China explained that the trade fair will be divided into two sections. He said the first part will involve exposition of investment opportunities, trade and tourist attractions, while the second segment will allow participants to showcase commodities such as textile and food products, medical equipment, automobile, financial, legal and educational services.

According to Mr Kairuki, China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Chen Xiaodong announced to senior officials during the China-Africa Business Forum that China would come up with preferential treatment to developing countries, including African nations to be able to participate in the exhibitions.

“This is a golden chance for us to show case and market our products and services to the Chinese market. I call upon my fellow Tanzanians to fully exploitthis golden opportunity,” Ambassador Kairuki said.

According to the diplomat, there are a number of products favoured by Chinese people, including Dodoma wine, honey, coffee, cashewnut, tea, spices, cloves, cooking oil and beer.

He said the exhibitions would also provide a good platform for service providers such as Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa), Kilimanjaro National Parks (Kinapa), tour operators and tourist hotels to market their services.

As opposed to other international expositions whereby only large scale businesspeople and service providers are given priority, the next year’s exposition in Shanghai will give preferential treatment to smallscale entrepreneurs including sculptors, artists and producers of kangas, Vikoy and Vitenges.

“We have only eleven months to prepare for the exhibitions. Individuals wishing to participate in the exhibitions should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation-China desk or the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tantrade) for directives,” he said.

On Thursday, Tanzania participated in the international forum for promotion of coffee in China (Coffee Expo), an event that also involved top twenty coffee producing countries in the world with Tanzania and Congo Brazzaville gracing the opening of the forum by giving speeches to promote the product and investment in Africa in general.

Tanzania Coffee Board and a businessman identified as Mr Dan Komba took part in the brief exhibition of the crop. During the expo, Ambassador Kairuki said, it was revealed that despite coffee being the leading export crop in 2016 it amounted for only 50,000 metric tonnes while Uganda exported 288,000 metric tonnes and Ethiopia exported 384,000 metric tonnes.

“There is a pressing need for us to boost exports and if possible learn from our colleagues in Uganda and Ethiopia. I understand there is an outcry over low prices, but we must ask ourselves why the crop in Uganda fetches good price as opposed to Tanzania,” he said.

Ambassador Kairuki’s insistence on promoting Tanzanian products on the Chinese market has come against the backdrop of reports of poor response by Tanzanian businesspersons, to exploit business opportunities offered by the Chinese government.

The Chinese government has invited Tanzanian farmers and businesspersons to supply dry cassava to its market for biofuel production. However, the opportunity is yet to be grabbed.

Source:http://www.dailynews.co.tz

Serikali yaruhusu wakulima kuuza mahindi nje ya nchi

Waziri wa Kilimo Mhe. Charles Tizeba amesema serikali imeruhusu wafanyabiashara na wakulima kuuza nje ya nchi mahindi ili kuimarisha soko na kuchangamsha bei ya zao hilo.

Akiongea ndani ya Bunge la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania hivi karibuni Mhe. Dkt.Tizeba amesema serikali imeamua kuwaruhusu wafanya biashara kupeleka  nje ya nchi ili kuwasaidia wakuliama kupata soko lenye manufaa na kuogeza kipato ili waweze kuandaa msimu  mwingine.

Dkt Tizeba amesema Serikali  imefikia hatua hiyo baada ya kufanya utafiti na kubaini kuwa mahindi yaliopo kwa wakulima ni mengi na bei ya mahindi hapa nchini ni ndogo sana.

“Wapo wakulima wana mahindi lakini wanashindwa kuuza kwa kuwa bei ni ndogo hivyo kushindwa kuingia kwenye msimu wa kilimo kwa kukosa pesa za kununua pembejeo”.

Aidha DKT. Tizeba Amewaambia wabunge na watanzania kwa ujumla kwamba awali Kamati ya Kilimo  ilikutana na kujadili suala la mahindi kutokana na unyeti wake, ambapo matokeo yake Serikali kupitia Wakala wa hifadhi ya chakula (NFRA) ilianza  kununua mahindi kwa wakulima .

Wakala wa hifadhi ya chakula (NFRA) walianza kununua mahindi katika sehemu zenye uzalishaji mkubwa  katika Mikoa ya Njombe na Ruvuma na baadae Rukwa na Songwe ili kuwawezesha wakulima kuingia  katika msimu mwingine wa  kilimo alisisitiza Dkt. Tizeba.

Aidha amewataka wakuu wa Mikoa na Wilaya kuacha kuzuia mahindi kutoka nje ya Mikoa yao au Mkoa moja kwenda mwengine ili kuwasaidia watanzania wengine wenye mahitaji hayo.

Source:http://www.kilimo.go.tz

Business Opportunities in Africa That Will Make More Millionaires

The latest Africa Wealth Report by New World Wealth reveals there are now just over 160,000 millionaires in Africa.

Interestingly, from 2000 to 2013, the number of millionaires on the continent grew by more than 145 percent, compared to the worldwide growth rate of 73 percent.

In recent years, most of the ‘new millionaires’ have been young entrepreneurs and investors who have created promising businesses and invested in lucrative sectors of Africa’s fast-growing economies.

This year, more new millionaires will join the club.

In this article, I’ll share with you the top business opportunities on the continent that will make more millionaires in 2016.

Let’s meet them…

Solar Power

Solar energy is one of Africa’s most abundant natural resources. Most parts of sub-Saharan Africa enjoy more than 300 days of free God-given sunlight every year.

Still, over 600 million people on the continent, especially in rural areas, don’t have access to reliable electricity. In most cities and towns, power outages are the norm and people often have to rely on noisy petrol and diesel power generators.

Solar energy is free, absolutely clean and abundant. And it provides the best alternative for people in remote parts of Africa who are out of reach of electricity grids.

Interestingly, some smart entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge of lighting up Africa through solar energy, and are very likely to join the millionaires club in 2016.

I’ll share a few interesting examples…

Off Grid Electric, a solar energy provider in Tanzania recently raised $25 million from international investors and won a $5 million grant from USAID. The company is already on track to provide solar power to 1 million homes in East Africa by 2017 and has recently expanded into Rwanda.

M-KOPA, which provides ‘pay-as-you-go’ solar power systems has attracted investments of up to $40 million. This Kenyan-based business has already provided solar power to nearly 300,000 homes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Agribusiness

Agribusiness is Africa’s untapped goldmine, and a major potential source of millionaires in 2016.

According to a World Bank report, Africa’s agribusiness industry is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030.

With up to 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, fertile soils, abundant labour, and all-year sunshine, sub-Saharan Africa surely has the potential to become the world’s biggest exporter of food products.

Even if Africa decides to ignore export markets, the continent’s one billion people provides a huge and ready market for agribusiness.

Still, every year, African countries import more than 70 percent of wheat consumed, over 300,000 tons of chicken and spend more than $10 billion on imported grains, especially rice.

Interestingly, more African entrepreneurs are tapping into the vast opportunities in Africa’s agribusiness market.

And with the continued harsh impacts of low crude oil prices in 2016, sleeping agribusiness giants like Nigeria and Angola are finally putting a strong focus on agribusiness as a means to diversifying their economies. This means that governments in these countries are now more open and supportive of agribusiness initiatives.

To be continued…

Source:http://www.smallstarter.com

Value of cloves exports down

ZANZIBAR goods account deficit has widened to 103.4 million US dollars in the year ending September from 70.4 million US dollars of the corresponding period 2016 on account of fall of exports particularly cloves.

According to the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) monthly economic review for September the surplus in the services account declined by 4.1 per cent to 85.9 million US dollars. The value of cloves exports declined during the year on account of decrease in export volume and price in the world market.

Goods and services account registered a deficit of 17.5 million US dollars down from a surplus of 19.2 million US dollars of the previous year. Export of goods and services declined by 17.3 per cent in the year ending August 2017 to 172.0 million US dollars owing to a weak export performance of all goods export except for fish and fish products.

Volume of cloves exported felt 2,253 tonnes from 6,207 tonnes in the year ending August 2016, while average price in the world market declined to 7,846 US dollars per tonne from 8,064 per tonne US dollars.

About 490 tonnes of cloves worth 4.1 million US dollars were in August exported compared with 480 tonnes in the corresponding month last year. Zanzibar current account balance was a surplus of 19.7 million US dollars down from 40.4 million US dollars in the year to August 2016.

This performance was associated mostly with a decline in goods exports and increase in service payments.

 Source: http://www.dailynews.co.tz