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Tanzania: Schools could be fruits exporters

Christian Fernsby |
Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) in association with the Brusselsbased International Development Organization (TRIAS) intends to empower country's schools to become future exporters of fruits.

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Topics: TANZANIA   

The two organisations said they would start with introducing fruit tree planting in local Primary and Secondary Schools, an initiative which targets to offset global warming and combat effects of climate change through massive fruit tree planting exercise.

And while at it, TAHA and TRIAS would also work on preparing the learners in schools to become major fruit growers and thus export the produce.

The TAHA Manager in-Charge of Development, Anthony Chamanga pointed out that, horticulture can be a profitable extracurricular activity in learning institutions.

"There are many benefits derived from trees, including shade, fresh air and nutrition, but we are going beyond that... we want to transform trees into profitable investments," he pointed out.

Mr Chamanga made the revelation, while speaking in Arumeru District where TAHA conducted tree planting exercises at Chem-Chem and Kimandafu Primary Schools, promising further that his organization will secure market outlets for the fruits grown in schools.

The training also featured sessions by the Head of TAHA Production Department, Hilliard Mollel and Nutritionist Rosalia Aloyce teaching them on proper ways of handling tree seedlings, study on soil types and how to water the seedlings as well as fruits management.

On her part the TRIAS Projects Manager, Lilian Makoi noted that they have been planting an average of 38,000 tree seedling per annum and the number is expected to increase this year.

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