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Tanzania airport to boost flower exports

by webdev

November 29, 2010

A new airport that's currently under construction in Tanzania may help increase flower exports if it is to be used as a shipping point for the global horticultural industry.

Songwe International Airport in Mbeya could prove to be a more successful version of Kilimanjaro International Airport and the Julius Nyerere International Airport in terms of collecting enough cargo, according to Executive director of the Tanzania Horticultural Association Jacquiline Mkindi told the news source that she would be surprised if it didn't, as the flower industry is one of the "fastest growing sub-sectors in the economy," according to the source.

Mkindi said the airport should be made export-friendly by providing space and facilities, which might include cold rooms for preservation, warehouses, and reasonable taxes, reports the news source.

Some exotic Tanzanian exports you could use in your own cut flower bouquet might include fresh cut roses, which make up over 90 percent of flowers exported from Tanzania, according to Most of Tanzania's flower exports go to the European Union, reports the website.

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