Tanzanian horticulture processors put their products to the test

Tanzanian horticulture processors put their products to the test

ARUSHA, 30 October 2018 – Tanzanian horticulture processors had the opportunity to receive valuable product-feedback from an experienced group of chefs and food and beverage managers from high-end hotels and restaurants during a product-tasting event organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at the Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) facilities in Arusha.

The event was organized as part of a project which aims, among others, to help horticulture producers to increase their productive capacity so they can supply high value agro-products to the Tanzanian tourism sector and food retailers. The project involves five UN agencies through the UN Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity – namely ILO, ITC, UNCTAD, UNIDO and UNOPS – working in collaboration with Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI). It is funded by the Swiss Confederation State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Showcasing their products at the event were three pilot horticulture processors – Darsh Industries Ltd, Masasi Food Industries Ltd. and Kilimanjaro NatureRipe Limited – which received support from UNIDO to improve the quality of their products and the efficiency and safety of their processes – enabling them to receive the internationally recognized HCCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and ISO 22000 certifications. The processors were also able to improve their marketing strategies and establish business linkages with tourism sector operators and food retailers.

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Following the announcement by members of the Tanzanian Chefs Association (TCA) and Hotel Association Tanzania (HAT) of their satisfaction with the produce tested, Ludovik Nduhiye, MITI Deputy Permanent Secretary, congratulated the three companies, which he noted are examples to follow for other processors. Nduhiye further encouraged the national tourism sector and Tanzanian consumers to trust in and benefit from locally produced products.

This event also marked the transfer of new and modern equipment to the Tanzania Engineering Manufacturing and Designing Organization (TEMDO) in Arusha – including a computerized plasma cutting, material analyzing and tensile and compression testing machines. Fourteen TEMDO technicians also received training on the use and maintenance of the new equipment, which will enable TEMDO to improve and increase the services provided to industrial sector enterprises.

For more information, please contact:

Toshiyuki Miyake

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Standards and Quality Infrastructure Division

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Farrukh Alimdjanov

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division

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