TANZANIA SPECIAL AGRO INDUSTRIAL PROCESSING ZONE BRIEF
The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), through funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) is intending to engage in agro-industrialization development through Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ). The programme is coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade, Regional Administrative Secretaries and respective Local government authorities at District level are key Implementers of the project.
The main objective of the proposed SAPZ is to support structural transformation of the Tanzanian economy through agro-industrialization and processing with a view to increasing production and productivity and value addition intended for enhancing household income, generating employment, and increasing domestic consumption and exports. Specifically, the program will support the establishment of the integrated Lake Zone Special Agro-industrial Processing Zone comprising of:
i) A main agro-processing hub (APH) located in Shinyanga region;
ii) Three major agricultural transformation centres (ATCs) tentatively located in Geita, Tabora and Mwanza regions; and
iii) A network of Aggregation centres (ACs) and Fish Aggregation Centres (FACs) to be located in the procurement zones around the ATCs.
Direct project beneficiaries will include; crop farming households, livestock farm households, fisherfolks, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involved in crops, livestock and fisheries processing, other agro-allied industries, traders, transporters, consumers, youth & women entrepreneurs, among others. Other beneficiaries are expected to include; agricultural extension workers, research institutions, government institutions, traders; financial institutions and private sector companies dealing in agricultural technologies and inputs; veterinary extension workers, consumers, local government through enhanced revenue, contractors, input suppliers and the general public. In view of the project design, the project beneficiaries are expected to go beyond the site-specific populations.
The project is expected to comprise of four (4) components: Component 1 which is on the Development of infrastructure for agro-indistrialization; Component 2 which will deal with External Infrastructure and Linkages to APH, ATC, AC, and FAC; Component 3 on Ecosystem Development/SAPZ program enablers and Component 4 which establishes a Program management and Coordination unit (PCU)