Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan has stated that the government will spend Sh3 billion (€1.26 mln) to build two avocado processing plants in a deliberate effort to cut post-harvest losses. Tanzania currently earns at least €12 million annually in avocado exports.
It is estimated that some 39,000 tons of the fruit are produced locally, but only between 8,500 and 9,000 tons were exported last year. With a lack of processing capacity, some of the fruits rot before they are consumed or exported.
Against this background, Mufindi South Member of Parliament David Kihenzile pleased with the President’s pledge -- during a public rally here yesterday -- that the area needs a processing plant for avocados.