Tanzania’s coconut industry at risk

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The Citizen

Dar es Salaam. A retarded supply of coconuts, fuelled by the falling number of coconut palms in major producing areas, is sending prices of the produce up across Tanzania, analysts say. Coconuts are valued for their oil, which is said to have numerous health advantages, such as antibacterial and antioxidant characteristics that improve skin and mouth health and may help with weight loss. However, with major growing areas in the coastal regions of Dar es Salaam, Coast, Mtwara, Lindi, Tanga and Zanzibar being turned into season crop farms and residential zones, coconut production does not receiv…

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