SBL’s Kilimo Viwanda Fellowship Program Wins Award

By The Citizen Reporter

Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) through its Kilimo Viwanda Agro-schorlaship program received an award, recognition of the company’s support to the development of vocational training in the country.

Through the Kilimo Viwanda program, SBL was recognized for its dedication and commitment to skills development in Tanzania at a colorful gala dinner held at the Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

The recognition and award follows a survey conducted by the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET) in collaboration with the Association of Tanzanian Employers (ATE) and the Private Sector Foundation of Tanzania ( TPSF) to identify employers who support development. professional skills in the country. The Kilimo Viwanda program emerged at the top of the scholarship category for students

Kilimo Viwanda Fellowship Program, is an initiative launched by SBL to provide scholarships each year to students from farming communities to pursue agriculture-related courses. The objective of the program is to strengthen the existing pool of agricultural experts in the country, which is needed to help farmers increase their productivity and ultimately their incomes.

Since its inception in 2020, the scholarship program has benefited over 200 students. The program is designed to benefit students from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot afford to pay for their education.

The program is an integral part of the company’s support to the agricultural sector which accounts for almost 28% of the country’s GDP according to the 2021/2022 five-year development plan, with three-quarters of the country’s workforce involved in this. sector.

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Agriculture is arguably the largest and most important sector of the Tanzanian economy, with the country enjoying a diverse production base that includes livestock, staple food crops and a variety of cash crops. .

There are many business opportunities in national, regional and international markets. However, productivity is still low due to a number of factors. Agriculture in the country is dominated by smallholder farmers who depend on rainfall. Farmers and other sector stakeholders face significant challenges in modernizing the industry to increase yields. One of the problems facing the sector is the lack of extension workers in sufficient numbers.

At the end of their studies, Kilimo Viwanda scholars become experts, returning to give new impetus to the development of the agricultural sector in their communities, including the communities from which SBL sources grain for the production of beer.

Agricultural extension workers are very important in modern agriculture. They communicate with farmers to support decision-making by providing information on sustainable farming practices. Agricultural extension workers spread new, more efficient farming methods based on the latest research, helping farmers increase their productivity.

Commenting on the award, SBL’s Government Relations Manager, Neema Temba, who received the award on behalf of the company, said, “We are happy to see our contribution being recognized by Kilimo Viwanda, who is one of our social support programs”.

The government relations manager said that SBL believes that by supporting the training of agricultural experts, the company is also supporting the implementation of phase 2 of the agricultural sector development program which, among other things, plans to increase productivity and income of farmers.

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SBL is a manufacturing company that depends on agricultural products as raw materials for the production of beer. It uses barley, corn and sorghum that we source from local farmers.

Last year, the company sourced 18,000 metric tons of these grains locally, equivalent to 70% of SBL’s total annual raw material requirements.

The company currently sources barley, maize and sorghum from around 400 farmers located in 8 regions – Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara, Singida, Dodoma, Shinyanga, Mwanza and Mara with plans to expand the program even further.

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