THE Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Eng Christopher Chiza, over the weekend, launched a1tr/- joint Agro EcoEnergy sugar project in Bagamoyo, saying the project was expected to produce 130,000 tonnes of sugar annually with more than 4,000 direct jobs to be created.
Moreover, he said, the project in which the government owns 25 per cent shares will also generate 10,000 litres of ethanol for energy generation in the country.
He underscored the need to train small-scale farmers and out growers so that they enjoy being part of the projects.
"We must make sure that the out grower farms have proper irrigation infrastructures so that at the end of the day they produce quality products and earn properly," he said.
Moreover, he said, they are working up on a new sugar policy which will see into it that all stakeholders in the industry are enjoying by setting up a fair ground for all.
He said a special task force has been formed which includes sugar manufacturers and is currently evaluating the market, its actual need, the production gap so that they come up with a concrete report that will work in time of import needs.
Earlier, Agro EcoEnergy Executive Chairman, Mr Per Carstedt said the preliminary works include setting up infrastructure, irrigation schemes, land clearance for sugar fields and sugarcane seeds.
"We expect to be able to start production in two years should all goes well as planned," he said.
He added that African Development Bank will issue them a 850bn/- loans and called for clear tax policy for large investors in agriculture so that they can plan properly.
He also assured of the company's commitment to intensify training for out growers as well as settlement packages for residents who will have to leave their areas to the project.