Hamad Mkopi an agronomist with the Association of Mango Growers (C) shows Beatus Malema, assistant director, Crop Promotion Section in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (in glass) varieties of mangoes at the just-ended Fourth Mango Tasting Festival in Dar es Salaam. (Photo: Correspondent Beatrice Philemon).
Amagro, Association of Mango Growers has reported an increase in members by 100 newcomers and production with sells of more than 3,000 seedlings.
This increase has also been matched with the expansion of market links with a pivotal point being reached at the just ended three-day Mango Tasting Festival held at the Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam from Friday.
The development was announced yesterday by Burton Nsape, who is the Chairman of the Association of mango growers (AMAGRO) in Tanzania who said that this year’s festival was very successful in terms of attendance, interest, sales and new membership.
He expressed his gratitude towards the organisations that made the event possible, USAID- Feed the Future, the Tanzania Agricultural Productivity Programme (TAPP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Said Bakhresa Food Products, the Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS) and TISCO who all supported the festival.
Mango seedlings sell at an average price of 3,500/- per piece and farmers such as Shaban Ndalo, owner of Bolibo Nursery, sold some 520 plants.
“I’m very glad…that is good business for me…,” he said, adding that he also did a lot of social networking and the contacts are promising.
Despite this successful event, in Tanzania and Africa in general, processing of mangoes is underdeveloped and varieties grown are most for local markets and stakeholders are calling for more comprehensive action to grow varieties for export.