According to a senior official, the government of Tanzania is planning to construct a state-of-the-art storage facility for banana in Kilimanjaro region before the crop is exported overseas. Agnes Hokororo, Rombo district commissioner, said the government has already approached potential development partners to acquire funds for the project. "Our target is to build a modern storage facility for bananas before they are exported at international standards," said Hokororo.
She said authorities in Kilimanjaro region were mobilizing banana growers to embark on cultivation of the crop and sell it to the global market upon completion of the storage facility, adding that the storage facility will be constructed in tandem with the construction of a special center for attaining additional value chain for banana.
According to the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, the future of the banana industry is promising as most farmers in the country are using modern farming techniques to grow the crop.