Tanzania Breweries Public Limited Company demonstrated its commitment towards barley farmers across Northern regions through enabling them to participate in the Parthenium Hysterophorus Weed Day event, organized by Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) that was held in Arusha.
The annual event brings together various stakeholders from the agricultural and environmental sectors to sensitize and provide education on effects and control of Parthenium hysterophorus weed in the country.
Over the years, the company has collaborated with farmers to improve barley production in the country through providing them with seeds that are best suited to the soil and climatic conditions of Tanzania, as well as a guaranteed market for their produce.
TBL Plc’s Agriculture Manager Joel Msechu, said the company invited its farmers to attend the event in order to provide them with requisite knowledge on how to control Parthenium hysterophorus weed, which is one of the major challenges they face during farming that consequently reduce their harvest.
“At TBL, we believe in the power of leveraging partnerships for sustainable development. The Parthenium Hysterophorus Weed Day, is therefore, a networking opportunity for our sorghum and barley farmers which we believe will provide them with the necessary knowledge to address some of the challenges that they currently face in the field including the invasive weed which suppresses the growth of other plants.” said Msechu.
TBL is committed to supporting the Government of Tanzania’s industrialization drive through investing in the development and expansion of the barley programme to include 6,000 farmers in; West Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Arusha, Iringa and Madaba as well as the building of a malting facility in Dodoma that will have the capacity to produce 32000 tonnes of malt. The company is currently sourcing 74% of its raw materials locally and is committed to increasing its local sourcing over the coming years.