Many thousands of Zanzibar growers are set to benefit from a €4 million project aimed at addressing challenges, which include access to markets. The island’s growers have long complained of lack of expertise in the production, handling and transportation of produce.
Hopefully, the new project, dubbed 'Value Web Horticulture and Income Growth' or Viungo Project which is a collaboration between government and civil society organizations, will end the problems.
"This project has come to liberate organic vegetable and fruit growers, we believe now we will prosper," said Haji Ramadhani Issa chairman of the Zanzibar Vegetable and Fruit Growers Association (UWAMWIMA).
The association was established with the aim to help fruit and vegetable growers, who have long complained on the access to market and expertise in agriculture. Currently, the association has more than 90 members operating from the agriculture industry which employ more than 90 percent of the Zanzibar population.
Ippmedia.com reports how the association members including women produce a number of fruits and vegetables like avocados, passion fruits, bell pepper, chili pepper, tomatoes and vanilla.