Following Nane Nane Day which happens on 8th August each year, when Tanzania celebrates the important contribution by farmers to the national economy. “Nane Nane” in Swahili which means “eight eight”, marks the main Agricultural Fair Exhibition that takes place on the 8th of August in Tanzania. In the main cities of Arusha and Dodoma plus major towns of Morogoro, Mwanza, Mbeya and Songea as well as Tabora: farmers, factory producers and agro-tech firms gather together to share their products and their innovations. Leading up to 8/8, the fair starts on the 1st and finishes on 8th of August each year, making it ideal experience for people who are passionate about agriculture. Each region thrives on some specialty crop or farming methods. We have featured some of the iconic farming areas and the produce they are renowned for:
Western Tanzania’s Beekeeping for Honey Production in Kigoma
Beekeeping in Tanzania plays a major role in socio-economic development and environmental conservation. Beekeeping is a traditional activity in Tanzania. Many nectar-yielding tree species are found in the natural forests of Kigoma region. As a seasonal activity – maximum two harvests per year – honey production was generally a means to earn extra money, rather than a sole source of income but in the past seven years, there has been significant potential for Kigoma beekeepers to become more productive and more market-oriented, and thus increase their earnings from the sale of honey from Kigoma based on the facts that: it’s organic by default, goes through high quality processing, sustainable through the use of natural resources and supports the local economic development and livelihoods.
Spice Farming on Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar has always been renowned as a spice island, for producing cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom and trading them across the world. The spices flourish in the tropical climate and nowadays the plantations are part of the Swahili Heritage and a reflection of life in East Africa. Walking through the spice farms or in the Daraja Market, the smell and taste of different spices and tropical fruits in season while getting details on their use purposes from a local farmer or vendor makes for spicy familiarity. Seeing the abundance of exotic spices, tropical fruits and vegetable farms, the harvest process and use in food, and drinks within East Africa creates a deeper understanding about the Swahili culinary.
Southern Tanzania: Tea Farming
In the Mufindi and Iringa areas of Southern Tanzania, tea estates spread across the highlands. The tea estates are surrounded by pristine ancient forests and rolling tea plantations, Mufindi is the perfect break from the dust and heat of a Tanzania safari. The highlands are accessible year round. The ‘dry’ season is from June to October with heavy short rains from November to January followed by the long rains from March to May. The teas grown are at an altitude of 1828m (6000ft) thus the temperatures are cool in the early mornings and evenings, and nighttime frost frequents the highlands during June to July. Some of the available activities to be enjoyed include: mountain biking, cultural visits, horse riding, fly fishing, birding among other activities.
Premium Arabica Coffee Farming in Northern Tanzania
Tanzania’s relatively close proximity to Ethiopia, and its shared border with Kenya, some of Tanzania’s population has had a long history and culture relationship with coffee. In Arusha and Kilimanjaro areas have some coffee estates in ideal locations that fulfil the three most important factors needed to grow the finest coffee beans. Some of the best estates are at the ideal altitude of 1,600m and the crops are nourished by nutrient-rich soils and suitable climatic conditions. The guiding principles of coffee growing in Tanzania have placed high priority on sustainability, fairness and a respect for the natural resources.