Tanzania to Construct Grain Storage Facility in Kenya
Large silos will allow for the trading of surplus food between the two countries.
Tanzania will construct giant grain storage facilities and distribution centres in Mombasa, Kenya. This will help in selling food crops from the country. Tanzania has ambitious plans for the country's grain storage facilities and is already operating two grain storage spaces in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
The large silos will facilitate the trading of surplus food between the two countries. This will improve bilateral trade which stands at US$905.5 million for the period between January to November 2021. Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to compromise on trade barriers to improve the trading environment between the two countries.
This facility will be available for use by both the private and government sectors. The government ministries would only function as an initiator of export and will not be involved directly in selling the grain exports.
The grain centres in Juba, South Sudan and Lubumbashi in the DRC have already delivered 800 tonnes of grains to the two centres. This will help farmers and traders get more market access which will motivate farmers and increase productivity.
The Mombasa facility is expected to outperform all the other current grain storage facilities. According to 2019 Statistics, Tanzania exported more than 97,000 tonnes of maize. This helped realize the need for launching a grain surplus scheme hence the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) was formed in 2010.
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SAGCOT helped create a healthy robust agricultural sector in Tanzania which ensured food security, environmental sustainability, and better livelihoods. Tanzania posted a food surplus of over 3.6 million metric tonnes for the 2021/2022 financial year. All these factors led to the investment in the Mombasa grain storage facility in Kenya.
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