Deal #1834

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Dakawa, Tanzania

Target country
Tanzania
Comment on location
Cholima, Dakawa, Mvomero District, Morogoro Region

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
62.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2009] 62
Comment on land area
Project part of the Sino-African initiative. Some data sources suggest that in the end only 62ha was obtained. Other data sources state 300ha. The 300 ha was said to be a planned project by the Chongqing firm before it was selected to run the demonstration center (#5009). It has never been realized. The demonstration center has an area of 62 ha.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Food crops, Livestock
Comment on intention of investment
Main aim of the center is research and demonstration. Data sources state rice production, one states pulses, grains and oil seeds. Another states poultry, rice maize, horticulture.

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2008] Intended (Expression of interest)
[2009] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
In 2008 it announced plans to start in 2009.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2009] Startup phase (no production)
[2011] In operation (production)

Contract farming

Contract farming
No
Comment on contract farming
One data source states: providing seeds to the farmers, buy back their harvest, process and sell it. However, another states that they will not be involved as it is the role of the Tanzanian side. The center focuses on research and demonstration, not commercial production.

Number of jobs for foreigners created

Jobs created (foreign)
Yes
Current number of employees (foreign)
[2013] 11
Comment on jobs created (foreign)
Chinese professionals "experts"

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes

Operating company

Name of investment project
Sino -Tanzania agro-technology research and demonstration center

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-05-09
Comment on data source
China Daily --- Firm will grow rice in Africa

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2011-04-18
Comment on data source
Farmland grab -- ACT touts for heavy investments in agriculture Kilimo Kwanza food exports

Data source #3

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Date
2014-02-20
Comment on data source
AgBiz -- Feedback on the proceedings of the East Africa Agribusiness Congres

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File
Comment on data source
Company website

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-05-09
Comment on data source
Reuters -- China overseas food push not realistic

Data source #6

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
Emerging Foreign Investments in Agriculture: Food Security and Land Rights in Africa By Dr. Akinyi Nzioki, The Centre for Land, Economy and Rights of Women, Kenya

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
AN OVERVIEW OF CHINESE AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL ENGAGEMENT IN TANZANIA, Deborah Brautigam, Tang Xiaoyang, January 2012.

Data source #8

Data source type
Government sources
File
Date
2013-03-26
Comment on data source
Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China: Sowing the seeds of success in Tanzania

Data source #9

Data source type
Personal information
Date
2016-04-12
Includes in-country-verified information
Yes
Comment on data source
Clarification of the 300 ha and the 62ha. Produce information and implementation status confirmed.

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Corn (Maize), Grains (unspecified), Oil Seeds (unspecified), Pulses (unspecified), Rice (hybrid), Vegetables (unspecified)
Livestock area
Poultry

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Comment on use of produce
Originally thought that produce would be exported to China. However exportation unlikely- shipping costs are too high. Also the main focus is on research and development, not commercial production.

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
RIC (Rice processing)

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes
Comment on water extraction envisaged
Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture promised to build a pump and pipeline connecting the center to a small river 3 to 5 kilometers away.

Overall comment

Overall comment
More than 300 local farmers receive systematic training courses at the center every year. Main focus is on research and training, however- the company would still hunt for commercial operations in the country and use the center as a springboard. The 300 ha was said to be a planned project by the Chongqing firm before it was selected to run the demonstration center. The demonstration center has an area of 62 ha. The 300ha refers to a project which the firm intended but never commenced as they were then selected to run the demonstration center (see #5009).

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