The Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has said the Government intends to build a special cold storage room (cold room) at Songwe International Airport for storing avocados and other crops before being exported.
The Prime Minister made the statement on Friday, March 12, 2021 while addressing the people after visiting the farm of an avocado farmer Mr. Steven Mlimbira in Maheve village in Njombe district.
Also, the Prime Minister has instructed all Njombe Regional Councils that grow apricots to establish seedling nurseries in the area from three acres and distribute them free of charge to farmers, with the aim of encouraging more people to cultivate their crops and increase production.
Following the importance of the crop, the Prime Minister has instructed Njombe Regional Commissioner, Engineer Marwa Mwita Rubirya to monitor the development of apricot groups and work with them in solving the challenges they face.
The Prime Minister said the avocado crop is one of the most profitable crops and is produced at low cost, so he urged the people to cultivate the crop in order to earn money that will enable them to get rid of the economy.
He said the avocado crop has contributed to solving the employment problem in the country where many people have been able to be self-employed and employed, so he called on Tanzanians to invest in the construction of processing plants as it has great benefits.
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The Prime Minister also congratulated Mr. Mlimbira for having a large avocado farm which has enabled it to provide employment to many citizens as well as motivate their farmers by providing them with cheap seedlings.
For his part, Mr. Mlimbira said one acre is planted with 64 avocado trees for eight meters by eight meters and one seedling sells for between 2,000 and 5,000 shillings depending on the size of the seedling.
He said one avocado tree yields an average of 150 to 500 kg where it is estimated to produce apricots worth 200,000 to 750,000 shillings for a five to 10 year old tree and begin to bear fruit after one and a half to three years.