Background

In 2006 Agro EcoEnergy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Tanzania reflecting a mutual interest in developing the first state of the art sugar cane industrial  project serving as a role model. In April 2008 the Western part of the former RAZABA Cattle Ranch(20,000 ha approximately) was officially offered to Agro EcoEnergy by the government for the intended project.  In June, 2008  the village assembly of Fukayosi unanimously  agreed to provide 2,300 ha of land adjacent to the Razaba farm. Due to the project delay, this agreement was unanimously renewed by the village assembly in mid-2011. In November 2011 the former RAZABA land was officially published as project land.

Further in January 2012 an agreement was reached with the government where the Government and Communities would gain up to 25% ownership of the project company in exchange for land free of encumbrance. In May 2013 water rights and the land title with a 99 year land lease were officially issued.

The site is located close to the Indian Ocean 100km north of Dar es Salaam and about 20 km north of Bagamoyo town, between the Ruvu and Wami Rivers. The project company is registered as Bagamoyo EcoEnergy Limited (BEE).

The project area is fully designed and planned for modern agriculture with efficient land usage producing Food, Fodder, Fuel and Fibre. Approximately 8000 ha of land will initially be used for sugar cane plantation at the farm estate, while 3,000 – 4,000 ha of outgrowers will be developed over a six year time period, outside the core estate.

Within the Razaba land area about 3,000 ha of marginal land needs to be improved and treated through planting banagrass and/or sweet sorghum so as to reduce the salinity and transform it into arable agricultural land.

There is a land in the southwest area of the Razaba farm which is unsuitable arable agriculture but which has relatively good access to good infrastructure. This area of approximately 1,600ha is intended to be developed for commercial sustainable forestry. 

Over the history, pastoralists have been missing the opportunity of recognition and are thirsty searching for areas of land in Tanzania where their long-term presence is secured.  The project has taken an initiative to portion about 2000 ha of project land with access to two dams to be utilized for some years by the local pastoralists. This will facilitate their preparedness for sustainable living and grazing after being resettled. The pastoralists will for some years be trained in sustainable grazing, pastoralism and provided basic education in reading and writing to improve their livelihood.  Although this requires that routines can be established where the pastoralists sustainably can coexist with the cane farming operations while they still live in the area. Other areas of the project land will be used for bio-diversity, roads, water canals and other infrastructures.