oil palm seedlings
oil palm seedlings

The Tanzania National Service, a wing of the country’s army engaged in productive and economic activities, said on Friday it planned to distribute 500,000 palm oil seedlings to farmers in the western region of Kigoma.

Benitho Lubida, commander of the Tanzania National Service at Bulombora camp in Kigoma region, said the 500,000 seedlings will be distributed to farmers in six districts of the region.

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He said production of the seedlings has been possible in collaboration with the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute.

The production and distribution of the seedlings was part of efforts to implement a directive made by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa in October 2018 to revive production of palm oil in the region, Lubida said.

The Tanzania National Service at Bulombora camp has also set aside 2,000 ha for planting 100,000 palm oil trees, he said.

About 80 percent of Tanzania’s palm oil production originates from Kigoma region.

Statistics show that palm oil only accounts 1 percent to 2 percent of local edible oil production.

In October 2018, prime minister Majaliwa told a public rally that the revival of oil palm tree cultivation was crucial in helping Tanzania achieve an industrial economy by 2025.

At least 30,000 smallholder farmers grow oil palm trees in Tanzania.

Domestic supply can only meet about half of Tanzania’s demand for edible oils, especially palm and sunflower oil. Enditem

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