The government has described a-one billion US dollar partnership agreement on commercialisation of cassava farming and processing with Tanzania Agricultural Export Processing Zone Limited and Epoch Agriculture (TAEPZ) from China as a big boost towards industrialization…Full Article: Daily News Jan 2017

Key Points

  • According to the Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Tanzania annually produces 5.5 million MTs of cassava. As a result of the agreement, China’s Epoch Agriculture (TAEPZ) will annually consume 2.5 million MTs of dry cassava.
  • The first phase of the agreements entails the establishment of cassava processing facilities to produce cassava flour, starch, animal feed, organic fertilizer, and paper pulp in the regions of Mtwara, Lindi, and Pwani/Coast (southern and eastern Tanzania). The second phase of the agreement is to develop sugar and ethanol production.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2015, it was noted that the Demonstration Centre of China Agriculture Technology had trained 1,100 Tanzanian farmers and agriculture officials since its inception in 2012. The center is located roughly 115 miles Dar-es-Salaam in Dakawa, Morogoro region, central Tanzania. The focus crops for the center include rice, corn, vegetables, and bananas.
  • In September 2014, the coordinator of the World Bank’s Third National Fadama Development (Fadama III) Project in Nigeria announced a Chinese company was going to establish a cassava processing plant in Yakurr, Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria.
  • In August 2014, China’s Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd (CGCINT) was planning to invest in 30,000 hectares of cassava farm land around Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. The company was hoping to grow cassava in Congo and ship it back to a China-based cassava starch plant. During the same month, Nigeria announced that China was going to establish a cassava processing plant in southeastern Nigeria (Yakurr Area of the state).
  • In June 2012, the China-Tanzania Modern Agricultural Industrial Park was established in Kizumbi district, Shinyanga province, north-central Tanzania. The project, backed by Dahong Group (Jiangsu Province), hoped to found two cotton processing factories, a textile factory, honey-refining factory, packing factory, oil pressing plant, and an agricultural demonstration school by 2014.

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