Value Addition Practices to Agricultural Commodities in Tanzania
According to Agricultural Marketing Policy (2008), majority of crops in the country are marketed in their raw
forms, losing opportunities for higher earnings and generating employment. The main constraints facing the
agro processing industry include high operational costs mainly because of high prices of imported fuel and spare
parts, unavailability of appropriate processing machines and spare parts and limited knowledge in operation of the
Despite these constraints, agro processing has a tremendous potential for increasing income through value
addition and increasing shelf life and access to food security through the establishment of small scale agro
processing businesses and rural agro based industries.
Economic growth in the rural areas will in most cases be led by the growth of commercial agro industries which are
efficiently run and responsive to evolving market demands.