July 09, 2020: Swissport Tanzania has made investment in cold rooms in its facility at Julius Nyerere International, Airport, Dar es Salaam. As per the LinkedIn page of the company, the investment is done to tap the estimated volumes in horticulture sector, which will boost its cargo handling business.

Recently, the government of Tanzania has announced its plans to repossess eight premium but ‘white elephant’ commercial horticulture estates on the southern slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha Region, as reported by The Citizen.

Tanzania’s deputy minister for agriculture Hussein Bashe said that the government will revive the leading farms to bolster horticultural production and realise its annual export value from the current $779 million to $3 billion by 2025.

For a decade now, local and foreign investors have been pulling-out of the business, abandoning the flower and vegetable farms at Usa river in Arumeru district.

The eight prime plantations with huge potential in flower and vegetable production and have been closed include Kiliflora, Kombe Roses, Shira Roses, Allua Flowers, Zanziflora, Finlays, Flamingo and Arusha Blooms. This has rendered 30,000 workers jobless.

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