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Food processing training, better infrastructure and freer cashflow are what's needed to minimise wastage
Tanzania: Mango executive suggests steps to prevent fruit lossThe Tanzanian government has been called upon to provide more assistance to fruit industries the country. Around 600bn Tanzanian Shillings worth of fruit of various sorts - between 40 and 60% of the national total - is lost each year to disease and decay.
Association of Mango Growers executive officer, Ahmad Mhopi, suggested a number of measures that could be taken to improve the situation - training in food processing techniques, improvement of current infrastructure, movement of capital and the creation of a more conducive business environment generally in which small scale operations could flourish.
He said that much of the current losses was attributable to fruits post harvest, because producers were not aware enough of processing processes.
He said that the current state of the nation's infrastructure was also leading to wastage as people were not able to transport goods fast enough from farm to market.
And finally farmers needed access to capital in order to be able to operate efficiently and to improve their business activities.
Another mango farmer also suggested that better packaging needed to be produced and made available so that fruits could be better transported and protected.
There is export potential for the country which already exports to Europe especially The Netherlands), the Middle East, Australia, The Philippines and Asia in general.
However, of an annual yield of around 370,000 tonnes of mango, for example, only 2% is currently headed for foreign destinations.
Publication date: 2/29/2012
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