FoodTrade ESA in conjunction with the East African Grain Council (EAGC) convened a group of Soy stakeholders from various private and public sector met on Thursday 17 September 2015 at the Holiday Inn Dar es salaam to deliberate on the key policy and regulatory issues constraining the growth on the Soy industry in Tanzania. The meeting was attended by over 30 participants from the soy value chain including private sector processors, traders, farmers and researchers as well as government officials from ministries of trade and agriculture.

Mr Beatus Malema who attended the meeting from the Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania said that “Tanzania has a potential of producing up to 2 million Tonnes of Soya beans as raw material, because Soy is an annual crop”. Therefore he urged that stakeholders in the Soy industry set ambitious targets to motivate better results.

The stakeholders managed to identified critical and specific policy and regulatory issues such as crop cess, VAT on soya meal, lack of improved seed, slow domestication of SADC seed protocol, multiple roadblocks affecting the growth of the sector. As a way of addressing these issues, the stakeholders  have constituted an Action Group of private sector actors led by the EAGC to spearhead the process of advocacy and consultation to influence relevant reforms.