Seventeen crop storage schemes with a capacity of over 80,000 tons at ten different locations in Tanzania are being built to reduce post-harvest losses estimated US$1.8 million. The Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) is representing the government in this public-private venture.
Approximately 5 silos and 12 warehouses are currently being built. Out of the 80,000 tons, 34,000 tons of maize will be stored in the proposed structures. Expert estimates show that 30 to 40 per cent of cereals and an even higher percentage of perishable foodstuffs are recorded as post-harvest losses.
These losses are incurred at different points of the value chain, where the supply chain is less mechanized. Larger losses are incurred during drying, storage and processing. There remains a critical gap pertaining to farmer's access to modern post-harvest management technologies, a situation which calls for joint stakeholders' efforts to attract investment in this important segment of agricultural chains.