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18 MARZO 2019

11:48 - Tanzania


(ICE) - ROMA, 18 MAR -

The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce (TCCIA) is set to award stakeholders
who have done tremendous and extraordinary work that contributed to the
growth of the agricultural sector last year.
The special awards will be the first of its kind in Tanzania and will have 40
categories to be competed for by looking at various issues ranging from
innovation, quality and dedication towards the sector. In an interview with
journalists, the TCCIA director Fatimah Hamis stated the awards will identify
individuals and companies who have brought positive change to the society
as well as selling Tanzania as the best destination for agriculture. She said
the awards will be a catalyst towards bringing more people into the sector as
well as empowering those already in the sector to do more.
She added that there are a lot of achievements in the sector that if well
utilized can be of great importance to the industrialization drive that the
country is focusing on currently so as to achieve a mid-income status by
2025. According to her, various products being produced can be used as raw
materials for industries growth in the country.
She justified the reason for the 40 categories stating that when someone
does better in one sector, another one does the opposite, but is offered
another chance in the other categories. The decision on who will win will be
determined by a group of agriculture experts from the Ministry of Agriculture
and Livestock and judges whose identities will be announced in due course.
The awards will start on March 6th and end on March 27th whereby farmers,
agriculture companies and other stakeholders are called upon to pick up
participation forms from the TCCIA offices or on various social media.
TCCIA was established in 1988 with the support of the Tanzanian
government to strengthen the private sector thus an important step in
moving on from a centralized, planned economy to a more open fixed
economy giving full scope to privately owned enterprises and firms.
Agriculture is the leading sector in contributing to Tanzania's GDP with 30
per cent contribution in 2017 and source of employment to over 70 per cent
of the population.