Tanzania on Monday announced plans to revamp sisal plantations in the northeastern part of the east African nation.

Deputy Minister for Agriculture Mary Mwanjelwa unveiled the plans when speaking in parliament in the country’s capital, Dodoma.

“We’ve now commenced a survey to map out areas where we can support sisal farmers to increase production,” Mwanjelwa said.

In the 1960s and 1970s, it was one of the leading cash crops in Tanzania and the east African region, she noted.

The cultivation of sisal has been dwindling due to lack of expertise, hence the need to post experts in key sisal growing regions, Mwanjelwa said.

The sisal industry in Tanzania now employs over 100,000 people.

Traditionally, sisal fiber and products have mostly been exported to the European Union, Russia, the former Yugoslavia, Japan, India, China, and Pakistan and recently to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. Enditem

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