30 January 2013

Tanzania: Rufiji Basin to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Njombe — RUFIJI Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) has pledged its support to women who will come forward to fully exploit the existing opportunities through Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania.

The Authority's Director General, Mr Aloyce Masanja, said here recently that RUBABA was directing more efforts to boost women farmers as a catalyst towards attracting them engage in commercial farming and benefit from SAGCOT opportunities.

"SAGCOT gives splendid opportunities to farmers committed to transform their lives. RUBADA is always all out to ensure that farmers falling under its clusters benefit a lot in commercial farming," Mr Masanja said when briefing executives from different levels in Njombe District.

He said his authority has prepared to enhance the capacity building of women farmers to ensure they succeed in agriculture. "Women are part of 'Kilimo Kwanza' and our duty will be to link you with financial institutions," he said, adding that women involve more in agricultural activities than men.

According to Mr Masanja, plans were afoot to enter into agreements with banks to enable women farmers get loans with soft interests. "The government now concentrates on agricultural development through SAGCOT.... And it is up to you (executives) to mobilize your people to utilize opportunities under SAGCOT," he said.

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