IRINGA REGIONAL COMMISSIONER HON. AMINA JUMA MASENZA VISITS SIDO IRINGA
Recently, SIDO Iringa received a high profile delegation from Iringa regional secretariat led by Honorable Amina Juma Masenza, The Regional Commissioner.
The visit was ideally organized by the SIDO regional office tooffer the Regional Commissioner and her team an opportunity to meet the key members of staff, clearly understand SIDO’s role in the promotion of industrialization in the region and the whole country at large, understand current position in regard to the ongoing SIDO’s cluster development strategy which is believed to be one of the robust gateways towards industrialization and a perfect re-alignment with the Integrated Industrial Development Strategy 2025 (IDS 2025). If adopted it is expected 40% employment can come from Industrial sector and 15% GDP to come from Industrial sector as well.During the visit , she also met few SIDO beneficiaries within the Industrial Estatethen toured the Technology Development Centre including witnessing a live “maize de-shelling” demonstration using one of the many machines manufactured by the Iringa TDC to help small holder farmers deal with post harvest losses.
The Regional Commissioner commended SIDO on the incredible achievements it has amassed so far in supporting the growth of SMEs which has notonly played a critical and pivotal role in accelerating national economic growth but has also positively touched the lives of many Tanzanians by increasing household disposable income levels mainly through offering life changing business skills training, creating jobs, offering small and medium sized loans to start-ups, Linking SMEs with profitable markets for products that are locally produced andproviding locally sourced technological innovations. Iringa is amongst the giant producers of tomatoes in the country accounting to nearly (90,000 Metric Tons per annum) 30% of the total country’s total production. Despite various interventions that have been staged by the Government through MUVI (MUUNGANISHO WA UJASIRIAMALI VIJIJINI) program, donor community and the private sector such as linking farmers with reliable markets, introducing appropriate technologies like solar driers, as well as encouraging tomato processing to minimize spoilage, still there are significant post harvest losses that need to be addressed. The RC challenged SIDO to design very simple and affordable technologies that would possibly help farmers address these bottlenecks.
The RC affirmed her commitment to work closely with SIDO in the bid to be the gateway towards the new era of industrialization and ordered all the stakeholders particularly local government authorities to allocate special areas for starting clusters, streamline cluster strategy into district and regional development plans to ensure coherence. She also ordered the Iringa Municipal council to make sure that all SIDO plots that were illegally encroachedby strangers are surveyed and repossessed without any further delay.