Tanzania:

Tari's campaign to expand grape farming seems unsuccessful

The campaign from the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) to expand grape farming seems to have been unsuccessful, as there is a lack of vine processing facilities outside Dodoma. The institute said the farmers need simple grape processing facilities for crushing and pressing the fruits into watery form for easy handling, instead of transporting them raw.

For instance, farmers from Kibaigwa and Mpwapwa failed to secure bulk buyers due to logistics challenge to transport and maintain the grapes freshness until they reach at the processing facilities in Dodoma.

TARI's Makutupora Centre Director, Dr Cornel Massawe, said they are facing an uphill task to encourage farmers to cultivate grapes in areas where there are no processing plants.

Source: allafrica.com


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