Tanzania has put in place strategies aimed at reviving sisal production from the current 30,000 tonnes of the crop annually to 120,000 tonnes by 2024, an official said on Monday.
The intention of the government is to recover production of sisal to its 1960s glory when Tanzania was top sisal producer in the world, said Omary Mgumba, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture.
Mgumba was speaking shortly after Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa had inaugurated headquarters of Tanzania Sisal Board in the Indian Ocean coastal city of Tanga.
He said the annual production of sisal from 30,000 tonnes to 120,000 tonnes to be done from 2020 to 2024 will first focus on five out of the country’s 12 sisal growing regions.
In his remarks, Majaliwa said the revival of sisal production was part of the government’s plan to revive production of all major crops, including cashew nuts, tea, tobacco, cotton, coffee and oil palm.
“The government will give full support toward the revival of sisal production,” said Majaliwa, adding the crop will be cultivated by individual farmers, small and large scale farmers, including major investors.
Tanzania’s leading sisal growing regions are Tanga, Morogoro, Kilimanjaro, Coast, Lindi and Mtwara.