Russia has a growing demand for food that Tanzanians have been urged to tap into through agricultural exports.
Tanzania Ambassador to Russia, Lieutenant General (rtd) Wyjones Kisamba, told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the seven months of ongoing snow in Russia has slowed down production of agricultural crops and cannot meet the demand. This presents export opportunities in horticulture, fruits and vegetables
“Tanzanians can tremendously benefit from the agriculture area by exporting agricultural products to Russia,” said the Tanzania Envoy while briefing reporters on the Tanzania-Russian Business Forum 2016.
The business forum organized by Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) brings together large group of Russian government representatives, industrialists and business tycoons for a mission to a continent widely reputed for vibrant and steadfast improvement in business environment.
According to Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Prof Adolf Mkenda, the main goal of the business mission is to improve economic ties between Tanzania and Russia. He pointed out that investment and trade relations between Tanzania and Russia have shown a gradual improvement in recent years but he said there was still deficit compared to the existing potentials.
TIC Executive Director, Ms Julieth Kairuki said Russia has invested significantly in the country, saying the country has carried out 48 projects worth 45.23 million US Dollar since 1990.“So far, a total of 3,342 employments have been created by the projects executed by Russians in the country,” she observed.
Ms Kairuki pointed out the areas in which Russians have invested as industry, tourism, mining, transport telecommunication and real estate and that the Uranium One at Mkuju River in Namtumbo District in Ruvuma Region is the recent project to be implemented by Russians.