DIRECTOR GENERAL AND SIDO STAFF VISIT BUNGU
In October 3rd, 2014, the Director General of SIDO, Engineer Omar Bakari with programme Coordinator of Muunganisho wa Ujasiriamali Vijijini (MUVI) and Pwani SIDO staff visited Bungu Cassava market located in Bungu, Rufiji district Pwani Region.
The Bungu Cassava market center is owned by seven (7) villages from Bungu ward (Bungu A, Bungu B, Msafiri, Miwaga, Mng’aru, Jaribu, Mtawanya B, and Kingunguli & Rungungu). The market is located at Msafiri village, in Bungu ward, Rufiji district; 19 Km from Kibiti Town and 138 Km from Dar Es Salaam city. The villages have formed an association called Bungu Economic Group; and agreed to have one centre where all fresh cassava will be sold to buyers in bulky. The group has been registered, and has a total number of 761 active members of which 342 are male and 419 female; and 266 are below 40 years of age. It is assumed that about 6164 people will benefit from the services of the market in Bungu ward. The land for market space has been provided to the group by the village Government.
The main objective of establishing the market was to enable farmers to sell their products collectively to ensure the agreed price has been applied to all so as to avoid middle men hence increase their income. The facility (market center) has been developed in support of MUVI (Cash), the Rufiji District Council (expertise-engineer) and the group members (labour).
The group members showed appreciation for the support they received from MUVI that included funding of construction of the market and capacity building in terms of training to the group members and leaders. It was obvious that the members have gained skills from the training in the way they were able to raise issues of concern during the discussions with the SIDO team. The group’s future plan is to establish a processing and packaging centre within the market area in order to increase value and quality of their products.
The Director General of SIDO insisted on marketing linkage and development of a Business Plan for the center and operation should be in a business model type.