Tanzanian horticultural farmers to secure new international markets


(OACPS).

Under OACPS, countries including Tanzania will benefit selling their products to European countries through the ‘Fit for Market Plus’ programme which aims at enhancing the capacity of farmers in the vegetable and horticultural value chains.

This 5-year, €25 million ‘Fit for Market Plus’ programme is financed by the European Union (EU) and the OACPS.

A statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation stated that farmers will also be assisted to produce agricultural products that meets international standards as well as the market demand in Europe.

The programme, according to the ministry is implemented by COLEACP—a non-profit inter-professional association, representing and defending the collective interests of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) producers, exporters and EU importers of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants.

The support follows the EU’s—Farm to Fork Strategy which aims at controlling the quality of agricultural products entering the markets. Qualities are checked from farms to the last consumer.

The ministry called upon stakeholders engaging in vegetable and horticultural value chain to wisely grab the opportunity by sending their applications.

The stakeholders include companies and groups that produce vegetables and fruits, institutions dealing with provision of professional training, authorities and research institutions.

Availability of the opportunity is part of efforts by the government and the Tanzania Embassy in Belgium of strengthening economic diplomacy.

The Fit for Market Plus support is tailored to facilitate the transition of African, Caribbean and Pacific horticulture towards more sustainable food systems, addressing the priority areas identified in the Farm to Fork strategy of the European Green Deal.

The programme is to ensure that stakeholders have the business skills and tools to pursue and improve their operations through enhanced capacity to manage change and facilitate access to finance.

It also aims at leveraging market opportunities resulting from Covid-19 disruptions, and monitor conditions and requirements for market access and competitiveness as well as to enhance the capacity of ACP competent authorities to support the agri-food sector.

 

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Publish date : 2022-08-06 08:07:27

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