The Cereals and Other Produce Board of Tanzania (CPB) is a business entity enacted in Tanzania by the Cereals and Other Produce Act No. 19 of 2009. CPB has branch offices in Mwanza, Arusha, Dodoma,Iringa and Dar es Salaam. TheBranch Offices have storage facilities with the capacity to store more than 100,000Metric Tonsof produceat once. CPB owns modern facilities with advanced cereals technology meant for cereals cleaning, drying, grading, milling and parkaging; these facilities are located at Gangilonga in Iringaand Unga limited in Arusha. In addition there are facilities for wheat milling and oilseed extractionin Arusha. In addition CPB is in the process of establishing a state of the art maize milling and sunflower oil processing facilities at Kizota industrial area in Dodoma to cater for Central Zoneareas.
CPB is mandated to do business on Cereals and Other Produce in Tanzania and beyond boarders; trading on cereals and other produce at a competitive price while considering farmers' affairs; we are providing storage facilities to stakeholders in need at our premises. Other services include cereals milling, cleaning, drying, weighing, grading and packaging which are provided at our branches at competitive rates.
The Cereals and Other Produce Board was formed following the liberalisation policy and reforms in the agricultural sector, which completely liberalised the marketing aspects of both domestic and external markets in 1984 and 1989 respectively. This led to the collapse of the General Agricultural Products and Exports Board (GAPEX) and the National Milling Corporation Ltd (NMC) whose functions were mainly purchasing, milling and exportation of cereals and other produce.
The collapse of GAPEX and NMC created a vacuum with regard to fulfilling commercial and regulatory functions, thus affecting the production, processing and marketing of cerealsand oil seeds. In addition, few private traders proceeded to dominate the market hence affecting farmers' prices.
In order to rectify the undesirable situation, the Government decided to establish the Cereals and Other Produce Board of Tanzania (CPB) to undertake commercial and promotional functions in cereals and other produce.
Legal and Institutional Framework
The Cereals and Other Produce Board of Tanzania was established by the Act of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania (The Cereals and Other Produce Act No. 19 of 2009) to assume the commercial and promotional functions as stipulated in the Act.
The legal framework of the CPB provides mechanisms to promote production, processing and marketing of cereals and other produce. It also provides mechanisms to enhance competition through buying and selling of cereals and other produce.