Building sorghum seed sector along the grain market in Tanzania: Areas for policy support

Akpo, E and Kalema, E and Kongola, E and Muricho, G and Ojiewo, C (2022) Building sorghum seed sector along the grain market in Tanzania: Areas for policy support. [Policy Briefs]

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In Tanzania, sorghum is the 3rd most grown cereal with approximately 500,000 tons produced per year (FAOSTAT, 2018). It is grown in semi-arid regions of Dodoma, Singida, Mara, Shinyanga, Mwanza, and Tabora regions. Farmers primarily produce sorghum for consumption (83%) rather than commercial purpose (17%). It is mainly used as human food, animal feeds, alcoholic beverages, and biofuels. In the past years, there has been an increase in sorghum production from 676,772 tons in 2015 to 750,000 tons in 2020 (FAOSTAT, 2022). Recently, there is an increase in demand for sorghum since many people are increasingly getting aware of the health benefits that come with the consumption of sorghum like prevention of cancer, reducing tumor incidence, and lowering blood pressure (Saleh et al, 2013); and increase in sorghum demand among breweries like Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) (American sorghum, 2016). White sorghum is highly preferred in and outside the country because of its use, color and low tannin; and red sorghum is highly demanded in Lake Zone and Northern Highland of Tanzania and exported to Burundi and Rwanda. Tanzania mostly exports sorghum to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sorghum grain in Tanzania hardly competes in both local and international markets because of the low-quality grain.....

Item Type: Policy Briefs
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sorghum, Tanzania, Policy support, Grain, Market
Subjects: Others > Tanzania
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh MNR
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 07:52
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 07:52
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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