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FOOD PROCESSING SKILLS CAN SPEED UP THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MICRO SMALL FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES IN LINDI
Lindi is among the regions in Tanzania that produces varieties of agricultural crops such as Cashew nut, cassava, sorghum, sesame, pigeon peas and fruits (Mango, tomato and Orange). Lindi Markets are highly loaded during the harvesting seasons of those products especially fruits (Mango, tomato, orange) and cassava. Prices are very low during this peak period. Post harvesting loss is very high and food loss is also high as markets are saturated with this kind of products. Due to that, SIDO Lindi took an initiative of conducting training so as farmers and SMEs in Lindi can add value, lengthen shelf life of those agricultural produces which will lead to reduction of post harvesting loss, establishment of small food processing industries, employment creation and raise income of farmers and SMEs. It was through this where 13 SMEs participated in 5 days training on food processing and entrepreneurship development from 10th to 14th January 2017 at SIDO Lindi Office located in SIDO industrial estate. The training aimed at creating and activating entrepreneurial mindset to the participants of food processing with a strategy of making them add value to the locally available agricultural products and establish small food processing industries in their localities. Through this training Lindi farmers and SMEs acquired entrepreneurship and food processing skills. The entrepreneurship skills provided will help them identify different opportunities and ways to turn them to reality. Also food processing skills will guide them to add value to agricultural produces and produce different products such as mango jam, mango pickle, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chill sauce, nutritious flower, soya drink and Tea Masala. During the closing ceremony, the participants appreciated SIDO for its effort of assisting entrepreneurs to utilize the opportunities available in the region through the agricultural products through training and confessed that the skills gained will help them establish micro and small food processing industries something that will help them reduce post harvesting loss experienced by many farmers, raise their income and thus will enable them to establish small industries and contributing to the government effort of making Tanzania to become a semi-industrialized country.

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