New French investment in the Tanzanian agricultural sector [fr]
In the presence of the Tanzanian Prime Minister, the Minister for Trade and Industry, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, MP’s and French Ambassador Frédéric Clavier, the opening of the cassava flour production plant on 22nd March has been an opportunity for French Investors from Cassava Starch of Tanzania Corporation - CSTC to highlight the interest given by French companies to the high economic potential of the Tanzanian agricultural sector.
Located in the area of Lindi, the Mbalala site of CSTC is dedicated to the production and processing of cassava. This plant is unique in Eastern Africa in the fact that it processes on the spot the flour that will be sold in Tanzania and partly overseas.
The selection of varieties, started in 2012, was realised in cooperation with the Regional Institute of Agricultural Research. For the moment, CSTS employs 420 workers and expects to grow to 700 employees (at 80% local) once the second processing unit (starch) will be achieved.
Furthermore, ongoing vocational training programmes benefit to local manpower and participate to value this essentially agricultural southern region.