• Sugar Board of Tanzania
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History Background

The Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT) is under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives.  SBT was established under section 3 of the Sugar Industry Act No. 26 of 2001 which came into operation on 1st July 2003 vide Government Notice. No 329 of 5th July 2002.

The Act was however revised in 2009.  Under the revised Act, SBT is now a regulatory and licensing body of the sugar industry financed by the government and from own sources.  The Board is also responsible for sustainable development of the country’s sugar industry as well as achievement of sugar self sufficiency and promotion of export.

  •  Impartiality: To ensure equal access by all stakeholders to the services offered by the Board.
  • Customer focus: To be driven by customer needs and expectations in all operations.
  • Service Excellence: Through excellent service delivery and Board will strive to exceed stakeholder expectations.
  • Integrity: To uphold virtues of integrity through honesty and fairness in all undertakings.
  • Accountability: To strive to be responsible caretakers of all resources entrusted to the Board in professional and transparent manner.
  • Team work: To strive to optimize synergies in order to meet set goals by consciously and deliberately nurturing team spirit, collaboration and consultation.
  • Gender mainstreaming: To promote principals of gender equity, fairness and balance across gender

 “Guided by principles of impartiality, excellent services and integrity, SBT seeks to create, sustain and regulate an environment conducive to sugar stakeholders to efficiently and profitably produce cane, sugar and related products”

The Board shall carry out regulatory functions and such other activities necessary, advantageous or proper for the benefit of the sugar industry and shall include:-

  • To promote the development and expansion of sugarcane cultivation, production and marketing of sugar and the use of by-products.
  • To advise the Government on the policies and strategies for promotion and development of the sugar industry; 
  • To promote the development of small-holder sugar cane growers;
  • To create and recommend and promote a competitive environment conducive to fair play among stakeholders in the sugar industry;
  • To regulate and recommend measures for prescription and enforcement for the control of sugar cane pests and diseases;
  • To recommend and regulate measures and procedures for the importation of sugar cane planting materials;
  • To promote and assist in the research or investigation into any matter relating to the sugar industry;
  • To prescribe and or enforce the quality standards for sugar cane, sugar, sugar by-products and any materials from which sugar can be manufactured.
  • To advise and oversee the execution of sugar trade agreements or contracts between the government and other parties.
  • To promote the training and improvement of skills in technological advancement in the sugar industry;
  • To promote, develop and facilitate the formation of associations or other bodies of stakeholders within the sugar sector (which shall form a consultative conducive environment with the Board) and monitor their activities provided that the objectives of such associations shall not involve arrangement for price fixing or doing anything that is contrary to the Fir Competition Act, 1994;
  • To provide a conducive environment for discussions and negotiations among various categories of stakeholders in the sugar sector;
  • To monitor the execution of contracts and marketing arrangements between sugar cane outgrowers and sugar manufacturers or other bodies to the sugar sector and reconcile the parties, when disputes arise;
  • To collect, refine, maintain and disseminate data and information relating to the sugar industry;
  • To collect any levy on behalf of any fund established under the Sugar Industry Act of 2001;
  • To promote and co-ordinate and the development of large, medium and small scale sugar plants;
  • To monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Agreements governing sale of privatized sugar factories and submit the report to the Minister;
  • To represent the government in the international for a relating to or dealing with the sugar industry;
  • To monitor trends for local sugar production, sugar export and import requirements; and
  • To promote diversification to bio-ethanol and co-generation

“To become an efficient and effective regulatory body able to service and support the sugar industry towards achieving competitiveness and sustainability”


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