A call to pineapple and banana growers

01Mar 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
A call to pineapple and banana growers

GROWERS and processors of pineapples and bananas have been urged to come up with a platform that will provide   room for them to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the two crops so that they contribute heavily to the  country’s economy.

 

Managing director of the Dar es Salaam-based agro-company—KilimOrgano Limited, Ammar Mussaji  invited investors in banana and pineapple farms and factories for talks on how to advance commercial growing and processing of the two crops.

 “Investors in the two crops have common interests. We have to cooperate from the point of production to the point of consumption. We need to talk on how to advance growing and processing the two crops,” he said, when addressing journalists, who were following up the newly introduced biological approach in growing the two crops .

“We must start somewhere. Therefore, we are inviting investors for strategic talks for our common good and that of the country, he said.

He said bananas are known to have nutrients working populations need for good health, besides being key ingredients in producing beverages worldwide.

Mussaji, an agronomist and champion of tissue culture, argued that growing of pineapples and banana needs a big technological push so that Tanzania can have bumper and quality harvests to meet aspirations of growers and producers. Quality banana and pineapples have good prices on local and foreign markets, he said assuring:  “therefore, producers of the two crops need not worry because there are ready markets for quality crops in and outside Tanzania.”

At seedlings level, the company is exporting seedlings to Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and some South American and Asian countries are importing the seedlings. The company is currently working with farmers in Zanzibar, Morogoro and Tanga.

 Mussaji said efforts are underway to apply the use of the seedlings to other parts of Tanzania.

The company is working closely with the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) and Agriculture and Livestock ministries.

KilimOrgano Limited is a Dar es Salaam-based agro-company specialising in producing seedlings using tissue culture.