7190. Advisory Review Raspberries Project Kindi Village

The developers of a raspberry farming project in Moshi District in Tanzania, have applied for DGGF funding. RVO, who manages the facility, has asked the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) to assess the quality of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, which will be submitted for approval to the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) in Tanzania. In drafting the advice, use has been made of amongst other an earlier NCEA advice on Quality of Scoping Report and Terms of Reference for the Proposed Raspberries Farming Project Kindi Village (Memorandum by the NCEA, August 2015).  

Significant details

NCEAs Overall conclusion on the EIA report is that the information presented is mainly based on assumptions. The project description is incomplete. For the environment there is hardly a qualitative and no quantitative baseline. Policies and legislations are not translated into  concrete requirements and targets for the intended project. Impact assessment is qualitative in nature and mainly based on assumptions (as the project description is still vague). The NCEA recommends that the next version of the EIA credibly addresses at least the following points:

  • Water extraction through the year; impact on Umbwe river hydrology, water life and downstream users;

  • Influx of several hundreds of workers; resulting pressure on housing and on wildlife;

  • Quantitative targets that the project will comply with the Employment and Labour Relations Act with regard to vulnerable groups

  • Description of the raspberry culture with regard to agrochemicals use and impacts thereof;

  • Appendices 2,3,4,5 should be included in the EIA.

Parties involved

Technical secretary: mr R.A.M. Post

Further details

Started: 09 Feb 2016
Completed: 24 Feb 2016

Country/region/theme: Tanzania

Last modified: 25 Feb 2016