The Development Corporation Division (DCD) of Sweden has approved USD5m grant to Tanzania to boost horticulture production.
The funds will be disbursed to the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) over a period of five years.
The deal was signed by Ulf Källsting, Deputy Head of Mission at DCD, in Dar es Salaam on November 28th, 2016.
Källsting said that the aim is to add value to horticulture production in Tanzania. He also added that the funding is in line with Tanzania’s industrialization goals.
Jacqueline Mkindi, CEO of TAHA, noted that the funding will help TAHA to develop the horticultural industry in Tanzania, particularly in the Mwanza Lake Zone.
The main horticultural crops of Tanzania include tomatoes, cabbages, onions, carrots, round potatoes, mangoes, oranges, and flower seeds, among others.
TAHA indicates that the horticultural industry in Tanzania largely depends on smallholder farmers, with export of fruits and vegetables alone being 70% dependent on farmers with land holding less than 2ha.
Tanzania Horticultural Association
TAHA is an apex private sector member based organization that advocates for the growth and competitiveness of the horticultural industry in Tanzania.
TAHA safeguards the interest of the private sector and ensures the industry issues are well mainstreamed at the national and international agenda.
Since its inception in 2004, TAHA has acted as a voicing platform for producers, traders, exporters and processors of the horticultural products.