Notes From Africa: Arla Foods, Mutandis, Tanzania Breweries Limited
A new malting plant has been inaugurated in Moshi, located in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The facility was constructed by Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) and is set to produce an initial annual output of 12,000 tonnes of malt using locally cultivated barley. TBL has ambitious plans to expand its production capacity and aims to triple the output to 35,000 tonnes by March 2024.
To ensure a sustainable supply of barley, TBL will collaborate with more than 17,500 small-scale farmers in the Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, and Rukwa regions. This partnership will foster economic opportunities and support local agricultural communities.
Arla Foods, a Danish dairy company, has entered into a collaboration agreement with VikingGenetics, a leading provider of bovine genetic products and solutions. The partnership aims to improve bovine genetics and enhance reproduction and milk productivity at Arla Foods’ new farm located in Kaduna, Nigeria.
By utilizing VikingGenetics’ “X-Vik” sexed semen from their improved bull breeds, the collaboration intends to increase the likelihood of producing female calves by up to 90%. This strategic alliance is expected to contribute to the overall development and efficiency of Arla Foods’ operations in Nigeria.
Tanzania: New Cassava Processing Units To Be Built
The Cereals and Commodities Board (CPB) in Tanzania plans to establish 25 cassava processing plants to increase local value-added processing. These units will be set up across the country in suitable areas for cassava production.
Tanzania aims to triple cassava production to over 24 million tonnes by 2030, up from around 8 million tonnes in 2020. The country is Africa’s sixth-largest cassava producer, following Nigeria, DRC, Ghana, Angola, and Mozambique.
By setting up additional processing units, Tanzania seeks to capitalize on the potential of cassava as a key crop for food security and economic development. The establishment of these plants will not only create employment opportunities but also contribute to value addition, reducing post-harvest losses, and promoting the export of processed cassava products.
The expansion of cassava processing capacity aligns with the Tanzanian government’s efforts to promote agricultural diversification, increase productivity, and enhance food security in the country.