Tanzania is planning to boost production of its major cash crop, cotton, to revive its ailing sector whose great potential remains underutilized.
Production of the crop, estimated to benefit about 40 per cent of Tanzanians through its value chain, is currently very low at an average of between 200 and 300 tonnes per acre and, as a result, growing of what was fondly referred to as white gold is no longer profitable.
And that is the major hurdle facing the cotton sector in Tanzania, according to the Director General of the Tanzania Cotton Board, Marco Mtunga. He said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that low productivity, and not low price given to farmers, is the most important constraint facing the cotton sector in Tanzania. Read more. Source | Daily News