SIDO MBEYA CONDUCTED TRAINING TO IGURUSI PADDY CLUSTER MEMBERS
Mbeya is one of the regions having different clusters from different areas that have been used as a case study to other regions with the aim to establish and improve clusters in their regions. Mbeya has three operational clusters in Mwanjelwa (Paddy, Sunflower and animal Feed) while in Igurusi (1 paddy cluster) and Ubaruku (1 paddy cluster) which are performing well.
In order to enable cluster development activities SIDO Mbeya in collaboration with JICA project conducted training to Igurusi 10 members dealing with rice milling for six days from 24th -31 January 2017. The training conducted was in Marketing, Labelling, Packaging and regulatory requirements in conducting business. In this respect training Experts from TBS, TFDA and TRA were invited to facilitate some sessions. The aim for this training was to provide skills to cluster members in aspects mentioned above.
Finding markets, having good packaging material, labelling and following regulatory requirements have identified to be key problems to many cluster members within Mbeya Region. Through this project SIDO and JICA are supporting the initiative with the aim to enable them to receive capacity building in such aspects so as to perform in more formal ways in the whole process of improving value chain. Cluster approach as a major key for small industries establishment help people to gain/share different opportunities within their business including regulatory requirements and expanding their markets.
At the end of training, participants were grateful for the training conducted and the project from JICA and will start to implement skills as soon as possible, apart from that SIDO aims to facilitate improvement of their Value chain from the farmers up to processing and packaging level. The biggest problem was recognized to start from farming procedures in which result to low quality rice products. It is from this fact that SIDO in collaboration with other agricultural institutions aim to assist to enable Igurusi members to improve their whole value chain.