The aim of this project is to develop agro-processing skills and provision of quality control services to all agro-processing entrepreneurs in the country. The training to be offered will cover all important aspects of agroprocessing and business skills and provides entrepreneurs with information on marketing, sourcing of finance, production inputs and machinery and, provides business consultancy and counseling services. The incubation system will also be adapted to provide practical skills to new entrepreneurs who need specific tailor-made training services and want to practice close to qualified trainers.
Other aspects that will be covered in training curriculum include; training in packaging and branding, marketing and post harvest handling of fresh fruits and vegetables. The project will facilitate linkage between small scale agro-processing entrepreneurs and micro-finance schemes and other development projects that have interest in agroprocessing. The quality control unit in the Centre will provide quality assurance services for agroprocessing products produced by trained entrepreneurs at the centre and at others registered premises. The institutional development will include the formation of Agroprocessing Quality Control and Certifying Agency \Units which will work very closely with the Food Drug and Cosmetic Board.
The centre will include a hostel to enable provision of residential training programme especially for the participants from Pemba Island. It will also include class rooms, machines shops, quality control laboratory and incubator rooms with all facilities that reflect the true needs of a small food factory in terms of building, machines and equipments, hygiene and sanitation of premises for micro and small scale food processing.
Initially the centres will be run by project fund (from KOICA and Government contribution). On the fourth year of project implementation the Centre will be run by the Government fund from the recurrent budget as part of KATI. However, other development partners will be approached to expand the scope of activities at the centre. The training fees paid by producers financed by other programmes, and the fees paid for quality control services and by those wishing to utilise the facilities for production will contribute to the running costs of the centre.
The project objectives
To establish agro-processing training center with adequate processing and training facilities and infrastructures to provide technical/business training and incubation to food processors.
To build capacity of producers to carryout small and medium agro-processing enterprises; through effective training in agro-processing and entrepreneurial skills.
To increase quality of agro-processing products by facilitating production at registered premises and offering adequate and affordable testing and quality assurance services.
To expand agro-processing activities through effective training and promotion program.
To strengthen skills and capacity on agro-processing for KATI graduates by equipping KATI training and research and development laboratories and, offering apprenticeship at food production line.
The expected outputs
- Food testing laboratories established and equipped at Kizimbani Agricultural training Institute.
- Food quality control enhanced (more SMEs products are certified).
- Increased number of new SME enterprises and entrepreneurs in agro-processing as a result of more incubators and training facilities.
- Increased income of and turnover of SMEs enterprises and market share of local food products.
- Improved entrepreneurship and agro-processing skills for local processors.
- Five new products/technologies developed based on spice, essential oils, chips, pickles and jam and vegetables and spices.
- Processing and entrepreneurial skills of KATI students enhanced
- New employment opportunity for vulnerable groups such as women and youth created.