Vast prospects in Tanzania horticulture sector

Agriculture in Tanzania

Agriculture in Tanzania

From From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Arusha, Tanzania
ARUSHA, (CAJ News) –WOMEN and youth in Tanzania have been urged to make the most of opportunities in the horticulture sector to address unemployment and grow the economy.
The Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), ahead of a key agriculture summit, highlighted the horticulture value chain had a number of opportunities that range from manufacturers, processors input dealers, packaging industry and exporters.
“It is a sector that needs to be promoted to solve the unemployment crisis in our country, youth and women should consider this industry if they want to make a contribution,” says to Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive Officer of TAHA.
TAHA is an official host partner of the Agritech Expo Tanzania, set for Arusha from January 26-27.
The association advocates for the growth and competitiveness of the horticultural industry in Tanzania and operates in seven regions: Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Morogoro, Iringa, Njombe, Pwani, Dar es Salaam, Unguja and Pemba in Zanzibar.
In 2017, it will expand to Dodoma, Lindi, Mwanza, Manyara, Mbeya and Tanga.
Mkindi’s vision for the agri industry is to become the “highest employed sector as the majority will shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming, for the sector to become a major contributor to the national economy and stimulate growth of value added products in the local and international markets.”
The TAHA CEO however says main challenges facing the agri sector in Tanzania and the region include regulatory issues, taxes and levies, unavailability of modern laboratories, extension services and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, there is enthusiasm ahead of the Agritech Expo.
Global farming equipment leader John Deere and its distributor in the country, LonAgro Tanzania Ltd, are gold sponsors.
Other leading agri suppliers that have confirmed their presence at the event include Afrivet, Ford, CMC Automobiles, CWI, GSI, Hughes Motors, Maji, Metl Agro Tanzania, HortiPro, Irrico, Rivulis, AMDT, FNB, Lindsay Africa, Balton, Kibo Seed, Neptun Boot, Rijk Zwaan, TFSC and Yara.
Agritech Expo Tanzania is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and part of the Clarion Events Group, based in the UK.
– CAJ News

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