Cloves production soars in Morogoro

MOROGORO: IN its bid to gain prominence in the spice industry on Mainland, Morogoro Region produced 2,000 tonnes of cloves valued at 36bn/- last year, Morogoro Regional Administrative Secretary, Musa Ally Musa, said here yesterday.

He said the 2,000 tonnes, half of the volume of cloves produced in Zanzibar, were produced in Morogoro District Council alone.

But it is evident small holder farmers are anxious to grow the crop in Morogoro Rural, Kilombero and Mvomero districts and in Mlimba District Council, he said.

Cloves production in Zanzibar witnessed a significant decline from 7,840.8 tonnes in 2021 to 4,734 tonnes in 2022, according to the Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS).

“Our region is gifted with climatic conditions and fertile soil that are ideal for production of spices.

The prerequisites are presenting a good opportunity for producing efficiently different spices while observing world-class standards,” he told a meeting of stakeholders in the spice industry that ended here yesterday.

Tanzania is pushing hard to become one of the world big producers of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon grass and pepper.

Late last year, Tanga Region was put on the list of prospective clove producers on Mainland because the coastal region has the same climatic conditions like Zanzibar.

Cloves thrive well in hilly places. Tanga Region has hilly places and in Zanzibar cloves are predominantly grown in hilly places of Pemba Islands and some parts of Tumbatu Island.

Clove growing on Mainland Tanzania is being promoted by the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzanian (Sagcot) by coordinating and mobilising agri-finance of its partners in the private sector who have interest in the spice industry and horticultural crops.

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