SERENGETI Breweries Limited (SBL), has announced its intention to resume issuing scholarships to students pursuing agriculture related courses following the government move to reopen colleges on June 1st as coronavirus cases have drastically declined.
The company’s state- ment issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday shows that SBL has concluded agree- ments with two more agricultural colleges in Iringa and Kagera regions that will admit 20 students’ beneficiaries of SBL’s Kilimo viwanda scholar- ship program.
According to SBL Corporate Relations Director, John Wanyancha, two other colleges namely Bagamoyo based Kaole Wazazi College of Agriculture and Kilacha Agriculture and Livestock Training Cen- ter in Kilimanjaro have already signed a contract with SBL.
The two col- leges have already admitted 20 students under the program.
Targeting students from farming communities whose families cannot afford to pay their tuition fees, Kilimo viwanda scholarship program aims to offer scholarships to a total of 40 students from farming communities every year to pursue higher education from local agricultural institutions.
“We believe this pro- gram will go a long way in strengthening the existing pool of agricultural ex- perts in the country which is necessary in helping farmers increase productivity and ultimately their incomes,” Wanyancha said The scholarship program is in line with the company’s objective to in- crease its uptake of cereals used in beer production in- cluding maize, barley and sorghum.
Last year, he said, SBL procured over 17,000 tonnes of grains from local farmers, equivalent to 70 per cent of its annual raw material requirement.
“SBL’s ambition is to increase its sourcing of lo- cal raw materials to 85 per cent that’s why we find it important to support the government in training specialists such as field extension officers, agron- omists and others.
We currently source grains from a network of 400 farmers in various regions across the country,” he said.