International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.4 (4), pp. 67-78, April 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 16/ID/JPR015/012/ pages
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Original Research Article
Constraints and opportunities of organic fruit production in Tanzania
1Andrew Jacob Ngereza* and 2Elke Pawelzik
1Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute, Coca Cola Road 22, P.O. Box 6226 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
2Department of Crop Sciences, Carl-Sprengel-Weg 1, 37075 Göttingen, Germany.
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The study examined opportunities and constraints on organic fruit growers in Madeke, Kiwangwa and Mwanambaya villages located in Njombe, Bagamoyo and Mkuranga districts respectively. In these villages, farmers are producing various organic fruits, including mango, pineapple and passion fruits as source of income in household. Interviews 120 were conducted to collect information and gather views from the farmers on the actual situation concerning potential of organic fruit production. Results: More than 70% of respondents mentioned their main activity being agriculture and it is the major source of livelihoods. Among the agricultural practices used by farmers were intercropping and crop rotation in farmers’ fields. The study revealed that farmers could achieve twice as much of their benefit per acre on pineapple compared to mango and passion fruits production. High organic certification cost, lack of capital and post-harvest losses were mentioned to be the major constraining farmers in organic production. Intercropping and crop rotation being the main practice in organic farming and fruit production were realized to be important agricultural practices. Conclusion: In organic farming smallholder farmers may have opportunity to utilize their traditional farming practices with low capital investments costs.
Key words: Mango, pineapple, yellow passion fruits, constraints, organic farming