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Tanzania launches natural fibre development project

27
Mar '12
As a part of its efforts to help the small scale entrepreneurs' rise above poverty levels, Tanzania has launched a two-year natural fibre development project, promoting use of natural fibres.

The project evolved by the Commonwealth Secretariat is being executed by the Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO).

Speaking at a workshop, Ms. Joyce Mapunjo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said SIDO should train small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on use of natural fibres, so as to help them better penetrate in the world market.

Use of natural fibres has helped the country to generate new employment opportunities in the field of handicrafts businesses utilising fibres like seeds, animal wool and plant leaves to produce clothes and other products, she added.

Ms. Happyness Mchovu, Co-ordinator of the project, said the project is aimed at training several entrepreneurs, particularly SMEs, on use of natural fibres and technologies to enable them to tap better growth and boost their competitiveness. She informed that more than 200 entrepreneurs are likely to benefit from the project.

The project would enhance living standards of small entrepreneurs in the field, Adviser from the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Watipaso Mkandawire said. He informed that similar projects are also going on in Mozambique and Zambia.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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