The Tanzania Horticultural Association (Taha) wants red tape removed in order to attract more investments into the lucrative sector.
Outgoing chairman of the powerful lobby body for flower, vegetable ,fruits and spice growers and exporters Colman Ngalo said there was a great need to put in place a much more conducive environment for investors.
He said Tanzania has ample and fertile land for horticultural farming but some potential investors have been put off by cumbersome procedures to acquire land.
Mr. Ngalo, who is a prominent lawyer, was speaking to journalists to introduce the newly-elected Taha chairperson Eric Ng'imaryo, a prominent advocate based in Moshi.
Speaking at the same function, Taha executive director Jacquiline Mkindi said the association has started a new programme to train farmers in collaboration with the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro and the Mwanza-based St. Augustine University (SAUT).
She said the association will introduce annual media awards to journalists on horticulture. The initiative is aimed to enhance promotion of the fast-growing industry which generates millions of dollars annually through exports .
Mr.Ng'imaryo, on his part, called on the government to put in place land legislation which would be more friendly to investors, both local and foreign.
Horticulture is one of the fastest growing agricultural sub-sectors in the country and is currently earning the economy about one billion US dollars in exports revenue a year.
Mr. Ngi'maryo who is an Arusha-based professional lawyer,commodity trader, farmer and creative writer was recently elected the new chairperson of Taha, a powerful lobby body for the industry based in Arusha..
He succeeds Mr. Ngalo who has been serving in the capacity for the last ten years.
The appointment of the new chair alongside with the vice chairperson of the association as well as eight members of the association was made during Taha's annual general meeting which took place in Arusha.
Mr. Ng'imaryo, who has been practising law since 1987, is the chairman of Arusha Blooms Company Limited. He has also been an active Taha member and one of the leading vegetable producers and exporters in the country.
"I'm honored and humbled to have been elected as the Taha chairman and am very much looking at taking up the roles and responsibilities by working with the Board and the Secretariat to ensure that our vision is attained. I will play my part in making the association even more of a success in the future", he said after his election.
He poured praise on Mr. Ngalo, the outgoing chairperson who is also a professional lawyer, for his great leadership. "Mr. Ngalo has been a beacon of Taha for the last decade.", he added.
Mr. Ng'imaryo also extended gratitude to Ms Jacqueline Mkindi, the CEO of the association, and the Taha secretariat for their strong contribution to Taha and the industry. "Jackie has been an exemplary CEO. Her commitment has commanded trust and respect from the Government and Development Partners".