The Orange Growers Union of the Muheza district -Tanga region- (UWAMAMU) has urged the Tanzanian federal government to establish a special board to govern the crop to bolster cultivation and improve the economy of farmers.
UWAMAMU chairman Nassoro Juma said the government had promised to come up with a board, but is yet to do so. All the while, farmers are still grappling with low prices and harvest losses. He said that several tons of oranges are destroyed every harvest season due to rotting, but if the orange crop board will be established, the majority of the challenges will be addressed and farmers will start reaping big from the sector.
He stated: "If the government through the Ministry of Agriculture will form an orange board like other crops and through the Ministry of Industry and Trade will fulfill its promise of building an orange processing factory, many farmers will have all reasons to smile as they will invest heavily in the crop and get the best pay."