ARUSHA: SOME 800 experts in the farming industry will later this month converge in Tanzania for the Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
The conference and exhibition event, scheduled for January Dar es Salaam, focus on finance, best practice and sustainability in the region’s blossoming farming sector.
The congress will represent the entire agribusiness spectrum: from input suppliers, agro-processors, traders, exporters, retailers, commercial farmers, processors, policy makers to government and associations.
Liam Beckett, Agribusiness Congress East Africa Event Director, said East Africa was increasingly seen as an agribusiness investment destination with more than with more than $3,4 billion being invested in Tanzania alone. More than 40 leading local and international companies will showcase their solutions.
“Other countries that are showing strong growth in this sector are Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya and Ethiopia. This development requires the agri sector to adapt to new technology, be open to innovations and modernise their farming techniques.
Fortunately, finance for farmers to purchase new equipment and insurance for this and existing equipment is becoming more readily available to the farming industry, as banks and finance houses are re-investing in the business sector,” he said.
Tanzania’s Minister of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza, and Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Titus Kamani Mlengeya, will address the opening session of the Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer/Senior Regional Advisor -East Africa Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the keynote address on “Building momentum to grow agricultural development in East Africa.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY