Dr Gabriel Rugalema, the regional director of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) covering eastern and southern Africa said here yesterday that following the new UN advisory, demand for fruits and vegetables is expected to rise all over the world.

This will expand markets for farmers in Tanzania especially those in northern regions of Arusha and Kilimanjaro plus the southern highlands zone which are making progress in horticulture.

A recent WHO/FAO report recommends a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day (excluding potatoes and other starchy tubers) for the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, along with alleviating some micronutrient deficiencies.

“The new guidelines will see an increase in the number of people cultivating fruits, vegetables and spices,” he said, noting that Tanzania currently ranks 20th in horticultural exports and it can do more to benefit from the potentially expanding market.

The WHO and FAO guidelines under its global strategy on diet, physical activity and health, underline that fruit and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet, and sufficient daily intake helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers…read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com


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