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A UNITED Arab Emirates (UAE) company is seeking a 98-year lease on vast tracts of farmland in Tanzania to grow rice in order to secure food supplies for the Gulf countries.

Pharos Miro Agriculture Fund, which was launched in November last year, plans to lay hands on 50,000 hectares of prime land in Tanzania this year.

According to media reports from the Gulf, the private sector fund is to invest $350m in farmland across Africa and Europe.

The company says it has attracted interest from Gulf sovereign wealth funds seeking to secure food supplies, an executive told Reuters last week.

Gulf countries, mainly reliant on food imports, have increased efforts to buy or lease land in developing nations such as Tanzania to secure food supplies and minimize the impact of food inflation.

Pharos Miro Agriculture Fund is a joint venture between UAE-based Pharos Financial Group and Miro Holdings International, which is headquartered in London.

"So far we have received a lot of interest from international investors, particularly sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf region, in addition to pension funds elsewhere," Pharos Financial Group managing director John Papesh told Reuters in an interview.

A road show to promote the fund has included visits to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in addition to Singapore and the United States.

Food prices have risen sharply over the past year, prompting government and private sector firms in the Middle East to look into ways of securing supplies, as the majority of the food in the region is imported.

"There is quite a bit of demand as farmland is an asset class, because investors realize that food demand is on the rise as the global population increases," said Papesh.

The fund will target areas of land in Africa and Eastern Europe for the production of agricultural commodities such as rice, barley, wheat, oilseeds and animal fodder, Miro chief executive Oliver Barnes said.

He added: "We are in the process of leasing 50,000 hectares of land in Tanzania which will be ready by the end of this year and will mainly be used for rice production."

The Tanzanian contract will be on a 98-year lease basis and includes terms under which the local community will benefit from the farm's produce and employment opportunities will be created, Barnes added.

He declined to disclose the cost of the deal, but noted: "Many people think that land in Africa is cheap, but it's not because you have to invest in infrastructure which is not there, thus costing around $1,500-2,000 per hectare."

In Eastern Europe the company will be able to have freehold rights over the land which roughly costs around $2,000 per hectare, said Barnes, adding: "We are looking for land across that area in countries like Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova and this will give a good mix for the portfolio to have land in both Africa and Europe."

The fund announced last year that crops from Eastern Europe would be mainly sold to the Middle East while from land acquired in Africa the crops would be sold domestically.

Over the past two years, a number of Gulf states have announced plans to buy land in developing nations. In many cases these plans have failed due to opposition from local communities.

Said Barnes: "This is why investing through a fund like this would give sovereign wealth funds a new channel of investment, without having to deal with all the other risks or even disclose their identity publicly, to avoid creating a frenzy.”

Last year, the United Nations expressed concern that farmers' rights in Tanzania and other developing nations could become compromised as rich countries buy farmland.

The head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Jacques Diouf, has warned that the controversial rise in land deals could create a form of "neo-colonialism", with poor states producing food for the rich at the expense of their own hungry people.

Rising food prices have already set off a second "scramble for Africa".

"These deals can be purely commercial ventures on one level, but sitting behind it is often a food security imperative backed by a government," said Carl Atkin, a consultant at Bidwells Agribusiness, a Cambridge firm helping to arrange some of the big international land deals.

At a food security summit in Rome in 2008, there was agreement to channel more investment and development aid to African farmers to help them respond to higher prices by producing more.

But governments and corporations in some cash-rich but land-poor states, mostly in the Middle East, have opted not to wait for world markets to respond and are trying to guarantee their own long-term access to food by buying up land in poorer countries.

Eager buyers generally have been welcomed by sellers in developing world governments desperate for capital in a recession. Madagascar's land reform minister said revenue would go to infrastructure and development in flood-prone areas.

"If this was a negotiation between equals, it could be a good thing. It could bring investment, stable prices and predictability to the market," said Oxfam's head of research Duncan Green. "But the problem is, in this scramble for soil I don't see any place for the small farmers."

Alex Evans, from the Centre of International Cooperation at New York University, said: "The small farmers are losing out already. People without solid title are likely to be turfed off the land."

Details of many key land deals have been kept secret so it is unknown whether they have built-in safeguards for local populations.

There has also been a considerable land grab in Tanzania for foreign companies investing in bio-fuels at the expense of local food production.

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We need to re - think about our resources especially land, the government is supposed to learn existing land problems in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Some time I asked myself if these people have good intention why don't they guarantee us market. I believe we can produce what they want and sell to them. Without considering the short term and long term impacts of such kind of projects our might government is going to evict poor people in their ancestral land and give it to foreigners in the name of investment. To people like Emanuel Ole Naiko (TIC) this is good news…….
 

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A UNITED Arab Emirates (UAE) company is seeking a 98-year lease on vast tracts of farmland in Tanzania to grow rice in order to secure food supplies for the Gulf countries. ... .... .... .....



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Hii mikataba mbuzi ya miaka 98 nani anapendekeza? Wawaache waende kulima Kenya na nchi nyingine kama hawataki kununua mchele tunaolima sisi.

Wanaotaka watatoa pembejeo tuwalimie na kuuza kwao huo ndio mkataba wa kikweli sio kukodisha shamba. Kama ni kukodisha shamba hiyo bei ni ya peremende.
 

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ndugu yangu inasikitisha saana, Nchi za Kiarabu nakumbuka mwaka jana kulikuwa na report kwamba security yao ya chakula iko mashakani wakaja na strategy, ya kununua arthi nchi nyingine na kulima then wapeleke chakula kwao, na walianza huo mkakati nakumbuka hata Rais JK alipotembelea Saudia kati ya mambo aliyoombwa ni uwezekano wa kutoa ardhi ya kilimo,

kama mtu wa kawaida ardhi ndio tunayo kama shida yao ni chakula ni kwanini wasituhakikishie soko sisi tukachukua mikopo tunanunua pembejeo tukalima then tukawauzia, kuna lazima gani ya wao kuja na kuhodhi arthi na kuendesha kilimo, naamini hata ardhi inayomilikiwa na magereza inatosha kuzalisha chakula cha kulisha nchi karibia zote za kiarabu zinazohitaji

Naamini serekali lazima itawapa ardhi tena na hati miliki ya miaka 98, watanganyika baada ya miaka michache tutakuwa watumwa ndani ya nchi yenu, kama ni kukosa uongozi wenye dira na kujali maslahi ya taifa TZ twaongoza katika hilo.

haiingii akilini kama ni watanzania hawa hawa walikaa chini wakapanga mbinu tukakomboa Uganda ni kwanini tusichukulie huu umaskini wa kujitakia kama ni adua ambaye ametuvamia, naamini tukiwa na mikakati safi yoote yanawezekana, sian shaka katika hilo
 

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We need to re - think about our resources especially land, the government is supposed to learn existing land problems in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Some time I asked myself if these people have good intention why don’t they guarantee us market. I believe we can produce what they want and sell to them. Without considering the short term and long term impacts of such kind of projects our might government is going to evict poor people in their ancestral land and give it to foreigners in the name of investment. To people like Emanuel Ole Naiko (TIC) this is good news…….
Hawatakusikia na/au hawatakuelewa, whichever, whatever. Cry my beloved country
 

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watanganyika baada ya miaka michache tutakuwa watumwa ndani ya nchi yenu, kama ni kukosa uongozi wenye dira na kujali maslahi ya taifa TZ twaongoza katika hilo.

haiingii akilini kama ni watanzania hawa hawa walikaa chini wakapanga mbinu tukakomboa Uganda ni kwanini tusichukulie huu umaskini wa kujitakia kama ni adua ambaye ametuvamia, naamini tukiwa na mikakati safi yoote yanawezekana, sian shaka katika hilo
Prodigal, tuwe watumwa mara ngapi, mbona sisi tayari ni watumwa kwenye nchi yetu tuna nini cha kujivunia hivi sasa, kama kiashiria cha uhuru???

Kama unaona vipo naomba unitajie vinne tu.
 

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Hii mikataba mbuzi ya miaka 98 nani anapendekeza? Wawaache waende kulima Kenya na nchi nyingine kama hawataki kununua mchele tunaolima sisi.

Wanaotaka watatoa pembejeo tuwalimie na kuuza kwao huo ndio mkataba wa kikweli sio kukodisha shamba. Kama ni kukodisha shamba hiyo bei ni ya peremende.
HII ndIYO ILE KILIMO KWANZA NILICHOSEMA IN ANOTHER THREAD. IT IS JUST THE BEGINING
MADAGASCANS WALIMWONDOA RAVALOMANANA BAADA YA KUKODISHA ARDHI KWA WAKOREA.

KWA SERIKALI YA TZ...WATAWAPA BONDE LA RUFIJI....WAIT AND SEE
 

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HII ndIYO ILE KILIMO KWANZA NILICHOSEMA IN ANOTHER THREAD. IT IS JUST THE BEGINING
MADAGASCANS WALIMWONDOA RAVALOMANANA BAADA YA KUKODISHA ARDHI KWA WAKOREA.

KWA SERIKALI YA TZ...WATAWAPA BONDE LA RUFIJI....WAIT AND SEE
Bila kusahau Fiji, Hakuna nchi yeyote duniani inagawa rasilimali zake hovyohovyo kama TZ, badala ya kuzitumia kama mtaji watawala wanavyogawa sasa, Ni kwanini ardhi isitumike kama mtaji???kama ni wawekezaji kwanini wasingie ubia na maskini watanzania?
 

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I dont understand...but hii kitu najua fika ikishafika mezani kwa bwana ole naiko itakua ni vigelegele na chereko....sijui hii nchi maamuzi yanafanywa kwa manufaa ya nani.....uongozi bora kweli kama mwalimu nyerere alivyosema ndio chanzo cha maendeleo katika kila nchi...na vilevile siasa bora lazima iwepo katika nchi ili ipige hatua katika maendelo...cha mwisho na cha msingi kabisa ni Ardhi...bila hiyo (Ardhi) basi nchi itakua mzigo mkubwa wa kuwahudumia wananchi wake ambao kwa namna moja au nyingine wamekosa ( wameporwa) hata utajiri wao wa asili kabisa ( Ardhi)..

Kwa serikali iliyo makini ardhi sio kitu cha kuchezea...ni bora u invest hela nyingi kwenye kuifanya ardhi yako itumike kwa kuwanufaisha wananchi wengi....na huko mbele ije ikuletee faida kwa kua wananchi wako watakua wenye kujiweza na wenye kipato cha kutosha na kutokana na vipato ivyo utaweza kama serikali kurudisha hela yako ya invenstment uliyoifanya mwanzo kwa kupitia kodi ndogo ndogo utakazo zianzisha kupitia sekta hiyo ambayo tiyari utakua umeshaiboresha kama serikali.......lakini sasa hili suala la kuuza hii ardhi kwa mabeberu tena..nikujipalia makaa tu wenyewe hapo mbele.....hayo ni mawazo ya viongozi wenye akili fupi.......
 

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Ni vitu vya kawaida Tz. Viongozi wetu watauza hata hewa tunayovuta wakipata mteja.
Kikwete anapopita huko arabuni unafikiri anafanya nini? Nchi hii inauzwa kinyemela na hawa jamaa kama huamini nenda Singida sehemu inatwa London wanakochimba dhahabu; karibu na pale kuna mwanamke wa kiarabu amepewa maeka ya ardhi na ameanza kuchimba dhahabu akishirikiana na kampuni ya kimarekani!! Unajiuliza huyu mwanamke wa kiarabu amepataje eneo kubwa kama hili kama sio madudu ya watawala?
 

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