The Tanzania Horticultural Association has stated that existing cold rooms in the country are very few compared with demands, and the available rooms need to be improved. Tanzanian perishable items are being exported in Europe, Middle East and Asia continents, but the lack of infrastructure is hampering the sector.
According to TAHA Business Environment Manager Kelvin Remen recently increased facilities will allow exporters to preserve their perishable items include flower cuttings, fruits, vegetable and other items in case there is a delay in flight movement or consignment missed flight.
"If you are planning to invest in agriculture in Tanzania, please think of investing in the horticulture value chain because the demand is very high and we don't have cold facilities," he said. "We need investors who can construct cold rooms and cold-storage warehouses from farm sites, airport and seaports areas to enable exporters store their perishable goods."
"We also still need packaging materials for export, this is another area that you can come and invest in or supply packaging materials in the horticulture value chain to help us export our products in high quality packaging materials," he said.