The United Republic of Tanzania, President's Office Regional Administration and Local Goverment, Mbeya Region

Investment in Agriculture and Livestock

  • Agriculture dominates the livelihood and economic performance of Mbeya Region

  • Tea farming in Rungwe, Mbeya

  • Rice cultivation in Mbarali Districts

  • Agricultural Sector contributes about 40 percent to the regional economy and employs about 80 percent of the working population in the Region, maize plantation

  • Banana, cassava and other root crops in Chunya, Mbarali, Rungwe,Kyela

  • Coffee Plantation in Rungwe

  • Cocoa Plantations in Rungwe and Kyela Districts

  • Passion Fruits Plantations

  • Cattle Husbandry, Dairy cattle’s rearing is highly practised in Rungwe District with 56 percent of the total cattle population in the region

  • Sheep

  • Goat

  • Chicken

The Agriculture and Livestock Situation and Its Investments Opportunities

Investment Opportunities in Livestock

The potential for investment in the region vary from district to district for instance Mbarali and Kyela are potential for Rice farming where as Mbeya and Rungwe are potential for Coffee, Maize, Beans Potato pears, and variety of fruits farming. Chunya District has potential in Cotton, Tobacco Maize and Cassava farming, bee keeping. Beef and dairy husbandry also has high potential for and export market domestic.

Opportunities
a) Commercial Ranching
b) Livestock marketing infrastructure (modern abattoir to cater for the demand for Tanzania and east, central and southern Africa)
c) Dairy production and processing: milk cooling and transport facilities; milk processing plants
d) Meat production, processing and canning
e) Poultry farming: hatchery and breeding farms
f) Animal feeds production
g) Supply of drugs and chemicals for livestock
h) Livestock multiplication farms
i) Investments in production, processing and marketing of hides and skins from cattle, goats, sheep, ostrich and crocodile for production of various types of leather and leather goods.
j) Investing in tanneries using joint ventures approach with local partners in order to introduce modern technology and increase capacity utilization.
k) Footwear production for domestic and export markets.

Agricultural and Livestock Research and Development
a) Investment in research and training institutions and facilities.
b) Supply of equipment for training agricultural and livestock development and production.

 

Investment Opportunities in Agriculture

  1. Traditional crops:

CROP

DISTRICT

AREAS OF INVESTMENT

Coffee

Rungwe, Ileje, Mbozi, Mbeya

-Contract farming management and

-Investment in factories for value addition.

-Development of improved coffee storage, drying, washing and handling facilities, including pallets, folk lifts, automation of hullers and conveyors

-Modernization of coffee washing and washed beans.

Tea

Rungwe, Ileje, Mbeya

-Agro processing Production and market diversification

-Organic tea, single origin tea and tea branding represent enormous potential for value addition.

-Packaging and Export industries

Cocoa

Rungwe and Kyela

-Agro processing industries for  value addition 

-Small scale farming of cocoa

-Expansion of cocoa farming in other districts

Palm Oil

Kyela

Oil processing facilities

Sunflower

Mbeya, Chunya, Ileje, Mbarali

-Oil processing facilities

-Plantations and contract farming

-Large scale production

-Processing animal feed.

Simsim

Chunya

-Plantations and contract farming

-Oil processing industries

Tobacco

Chunya

Warehousing

Soya beans

Mbozi, Mbeya, Momba and Ileje

Oil extraction factories

Cereal crops (wheat, oats, barley, rice, maize & millet)

Mbeya, Chunya, Ileje, Mbarali, Rungwe, Mbozi, Momba and Kyela

-Agro processing industries

-Large plantations and Contract farming

-Irrigation infrastructure

Bananas, cassava and other root crops

Mbeya, Chunya, Ileje, Mbarali, Rungwe, Mbozi, Momba and Kyela

Banana-wine industries, plantations, processing, and packaging.

Legumes

Mbeya, Chunya, Ileje, Mbarali, Rungwe, Mbozi, Momba and Kyela

Plantations, agro processing industries

Spices: ginger, cardamom, garlic, onions.

Mbeya, Chunya, Ileje, Mbarali, Rungwe, Mbozi, Momba and Kyela

Plantations, agro processing industries

Source: Mbeya Regional Secretariat 2013

 

  1. Non-traditional crops:

Horticulture- Pineapples, Avocados, Peaches, Apples, Mangoes and vegetables

Rungwe, Mbeya, Kyela, Chunya,  Mbarali, Ileje, Mbozi and Momba.

-Processing and 

  Packaging Industries,

-Plantations

-Drying of fruits and vegetables.

-Investment in provision of fruit and vegetable seeds

-Production of vanilla along inland lakes to meet increased demand for natural flavours

-Developing irrigation for production of high value fruits and vegetables like bananas, avocados, French beans and fruits

Floriculture- Flowers

Mbeya, Mbozi and Rungwe

-Packaging and Processing Industries,

-Plantations Investment to expand floriculture production in smallholder sector

-Provision of specialized services to the industry, i.e.

  • Audit and certification
  • Supply and service of greenhouse equipment and materials
  • Organic farming production and certifications
  • Provision of planting materials
  • Upgrading the flower industry supply chain using ICT initiatives.

Herbs -peppermint, cardamom, lemon grass

Mbeya, Rungwe, Kyela, Chunya Mbarali, Ileje

Packaging and Processing Industries, Plantations

Source: Mbeya Regional Secretariat 2013

 

Distribution of Livestock by Type and District

District

Cattle

Goat

Sheep

Pig

Chicken

Chunya

187,054

46,600

24,800

5,060

360,000

Ileje

39,541

32,210

5,942

6,118

151,484

Kyela

45,748

4,869

1,369

32,887

352,690

Mbarali

174,618

85,995

40,993

12,848

246,924

Mbeya

88,455

39,983

6,368

33,146

471,222

Mbozi/Momba

117,558

84,503

14,466

26,623

290,030

Rungwe

89,243

21,725

15,912

55,213

496,078

Total

742,217

315,885

109,850

171,895

2,368,428

Source: Mbeya Regional Secretariat 2013