(Ecofin Agency) - In 2016, Tanzanian horticultural exports were valued at $642 million, up 17.8% compared to the year before ($545 million), thecitizen reported.
In parallel, horticulture has contributed to 43% of export earnings, confirming its position as the sub-sector of activity with the fastest growth rate in the agricultural sector.
Truly, while the latter recorded an overall growth rate of 4.8% over the past five years, horticulture grew by 11%, Jacqueline Mkindi, managing director of the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), revealed.
Despite these positive indicators, the official said many challenges still hamper the development of this sub-sector. These include, among others, post-harvest losses and poor storage facilities.
Let it be recalled that Tanzania’s horticultural output includes fruits (avocado, pineapples, banana and passion fruit), vegetables (carrots, fresh beans, cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes and onions) and cut flowers.