The Tanzania Breweries Limited is in the process of reviving the Malt Producing plant which may resume operation in the course of next year, creating direct employment to more than 100 workers.
For many years in the past, TBL has been producing malt from the Tanzania Maltings Company Limited Plant in Moshi Municipality of Kilimanjaro Region. Malt is a key ingredient in manufacturing beer.
But the TBL Malting plant was later closed to lack of enough barley for production. However the Tanzania Breweries intends to provide local farmers with necessary support to double their harvests, enough to bring back the factory back to life.
Malt is a product of Barley that has been steeped, germinated, and dried, then used for mostly brewing or distilling puposes though sometimes is applied in vinegar-making.
During its time in operation, the malting plant of Moshi was capable of yielding 15,000 tons.
By then, the factory used to provide direct employement to more than 40 workers.
Once its machinery roars back to operation, next year, the production capacity is set to double in sync with its workbase.
The Tanzania Breweries Limited’s Agricultural Expert, Joel Msechu reveals here that, the company plans to assist local farmers in the country boost their barley productions to reach at least 30,000 tons by 2024.
“Our target is to start slowly and increase production gradually,” he states.
Msechu reveals the TBL plans as he leads Barley Growers in visiting and inspecting pilot farming plots in Monduli District of Arusha in the occassion to mark the special ‘Farmers’ Day’ event for Barley growers in Northern Zone
If it were not for unfavourable weather in 2022, Barley growers were targeting to harvest a total of 12,000 tons.
Production was to double to 25,000 tons in 2023 and this quota was enough to provide raw materials for the revival of the TBL Malting plant in Moshi.
Usually the farmers have been producing an average of 5000 tons of Barley, but after being linked with financial institutions that have been assisting growers with loans for farm inputs, growers were anticipating to double production.
But negative weather effects due to climate change currently affects production in most farms, especially those in the Northern Zone, such that instead of doubling their outputs, harvest fell by more than 60 percent.
In response to that, Tanzania Breweries Limited has come up with a rescue plan, which is to link Barley growers in the country with Insurance firms in order to cushion the farmers against losses caused by drought spells.
“Drought, Famine and unpredictable weather patterns result from the effects of climate change brought about by global warming, it is usually not the farmers’ faults, that is why our company is moving in to offer support,” stated Mr Msechu.
TBL requires an average of 30,000 tons of Barley for malt production to feed the company’s four brewery plants, but as things stand now, local production of the cereal is stuck at 5000 tons only, which means the country must import 25,000 tons of Barley.
Tanzania Breweries Limited produces and distributes varieties of Malt Beer, Non-alcoholic malt beverages and alcoholic fruit beverages, traditional beer and spirits in the country.
The company operates breweries plants in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Mbeya.
TBL’s distribution channels are pivoted from more than ten depots scattered across the country.