Zanzibar puts strategies to improve clove production

THE Isles government is implementing various strategies to boost clove production as the country’s major cash crop, the House of Representatives was told here last week.

Trade and Industrial Development Minister, Omar Said Shaaban, informed the house that the ministry is working on strategies to increase and improve clove trees, including public awareness on the best crop management practices.

He said the government through the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation (ZSTC) was improving clove seedling nurseries and distributing seedlings to farmers to increase production.

He added through the President’s Office,(Finance and Planning), the government has formed a task force to prepare clove development policy to ensure that the clove industry becomes stronger.

Responding to a question from Konde Representative, Zawadi Amour Nassor, the Minister said the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Natural Resources and Livestock was finalising a study on the dying clove trees.

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