ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Authorities in northern Tanzania on
Tuesday expressed determination of increasing ginger production
to meet local and international market demands.
Said Mecky Sadick,
Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner said his office has been
encouraging smallholder farmers in the ginger producing areas to
venture into the crop because of its reliable markets in and
outside the country.
Currently, ginger in
Kilimanjaro Region is widely grown in Same District,
particularly on the slopes of Usambara Mountains—the ancient
range in northeast Tanzania, which is part of the Eastern Arc.
Ginger is used as a
spice and for medicinal purposes.
Sadick views ginger
as one of the tools that can be used to address poverty among
producers and all people in the value chain.
encouraging local and foreign investors to invest in value
addition—ginger processing to meet the international markets,”
Ginger produced in
northern Tanzania is sold in neighboring Kenya, where traders
re-package it for overseas markets.
“We want to reverse
the trend and encourage more processors to invest in value
addition within the area where production is made, so that
ginger produced there is directly taken to the international
markets,” he said.
Tanzania is now
eyeing the United Arab Emirates as the next market for ginger
produced in the east African nation.
“This is an
important aspect that adds value on ginger, we have the
responsibility to ensure that we remain the sole producers of
quality ginger in Tanzania and east African region,” Sadick
Same District Commissioner said that the government is working
to encourage ginger growers to work in groups, so that they can
be easily assisted.
“We are determined
to come up with bold strategies to scale up production of the
root crop. Our aims are to ensure availability of the crop that
can be easily tapped by processing factories.”
According to Sitaki,
a forum for ginger growers has been established in the district
that provides a platform for players to extensively discuss
pertinent issues facing ginger farming.
“As government, we
want to see ginger is exported after adding its value for the
benefit of growers and the country at large.”
agricultural and co-operative officer, Majid Kabyemela, said
that for years, Same District remained the leading in Tanzania
for ginger production as it produces 70 percent of all ginger
produced and its farmers have the ability to produce 14,500
Other ginger growing
regions in Tanzania include Ruvuma, Kigoma, Tanga, Morogoro,
Coast and Mbeya.