​​​​​​​Pemba spices farmers receive 11,000items for crops preservation

24Jun 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
​​​​​​​Pemba spices farmers receive 11,000items for crops preservation

​​​​​​​MORE than 11,000 items for preserving horticultural products and spices have been provided to 666 farmers who are beneficiaries of the Spices, Vegetables and Fruits project in Pemba implemented jointly by People’s Development Forums (PDF), Community Forests Pemba (CFP) and-

Pemba North Regional Commissioner, Salama Mbarouk Khatib hands over a box of shares to one of the group members during the function to distribute items to beneficiaries of the European Union (EU)-funded spice project in Zanzibar. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

-Tanzania Media Women association – Zanzibar (TAMWA-Zanzibar) under EU’s AGRI-CONNECT Tanzania.

The provision of the items that opens up the value chain for Zanzibar farmers aims to empower them to deal with the issue of harvest loss of food crops

Among the items provided included 9,600 special bottles for storing and transporting of vegetables, 500 small bags for storing vegetables and 300 bags for storing spices after harvest.

Pemba North Regional Commissioner, Salama Mbarouk Khatib praised the project’s efforts that help to boost farming activities in the Isles and called on farmers to utilise the opportunity provided for their economic wellbeing.

“I laud the project’s implementers – PDF, CFP and TAMWA ZNZ by coming up with this strategy in the preservation of harvested crops,” she said.

The RC also directed project’s implementers to continue providing education to farmers on how to process their crops while abiding by quality standards.

She said: “We have to reach the stage where farmers should to produce quality crops that satisfy the domestic market. We have the ability to cultivate onions, potatoes, carrots and other crops that we import.”

CFP director, Mbarouk Mussa Omar said the exercise to distribute the items is the first phase which aims to benefit 1,333 farmers in both Unguja and Pemba.

Recently, Omar said that in the Second Phase of the project, a total of 25,000 horticulture tree seedlings have been distributed to farmers in Pemba.  

He informed: “Currently, the project has produced various seedlings for Unguja and Pemba, where we have four blocks from Pemba and four Unguja.”

He noted that the project also aims to distribute various seeds such as ginger, pineapple, bananas and vegetable for more than 1,000 farmers of whom the main target is women for home improvement.

For his part, the project’s Nutrition Officer, Mkombozi Nzoya said the distribution of the items has been done after realizing that big amounts of food crops get lost after harvesting, the situation that occasion loss to farmers.

The Spices, vegetables and fruits project focuses in opening up opportunities in the value chain for the products in the Isles by empowering farmers to boost production of high quality crops, and is being implemented jointly by People’s Development Forums (PDF), Community Forests Pemba (CFP) and Tanzania Media Women association – Zanzibar (TAMWA-Zanzibar) under EU’s AGRI-CONNECT Tanzania.

The EU-funded project is designed to open up opportunities in the Zanzibar’s spice, vegetable and fruits chain. The €5 million project deals with smallholder farmers who are engaged in production of spice, vegetables and fruits and is meant to liberate them from poverty trap

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