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Tanzania see potential in agricultural exports to Russia

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Seven months of snow have hampered Russia's production of agricultural crops, according to the Tanzania Ambassador to Russia, Lieutenant General (Ret) Wyjones Kisamba.

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He told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the situation means Russian producers cannot meet demand, thus presenting export opportunities in horticulture, fruit and vegetables for Tanzanian companies.

“Tanzanians can tremendously benefit from the agriculture area by exporting agricultural products to Russia,” said the Tanzania Envoy while briefing reporters on the Tanzania-Russian Business Forum 2016.

According to Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adolf Mkenda, the main goal of the business mission is to improve economic ties between Tanzania and Russia.

He pointed out that investment and trade relations between Tanzania and Russia have shown a gradual improvement in recent years but he said there was still a deficit compared to the existing potentials.

TIC Executive Director, Julieth Kairuki said Russia has invested significantly in the country, saying the country has carried out 48 projects worth 45.23 million US Dollars since 1990.

“So far, a total of 3,342 employments have been created by the projects executed by Russians in the country,” she observed.


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