Monday, 24 March 2008

Fruits of the soil

From The East African, Nairobi, KENYA

CONSERVING INDIGENOUS and wild trees is now a viable economic venture in Tanzania.

In Tabora, Uyui and Sikonge districts, women are cashing in on species such as ntonga (Strychnos cocculoides) ntalali (Vitex mombassae) mbula (Parinari curatellifolia) and furu (Vitex doniana), which they have planted on their farms alongside traditional crops.

Other trees popular with the farmers are: mbuguswa (Fracourtia indica), ng’ong’o (Sclerocarya birrea), zambarau (Syzium guineense), mmbuyu or baobab (Adansonia digitata) and ukwaju or tamarind (Tamarindus indica).

The fruit from these trees is processed into jams, juices and wines.

So passionate are the farmers about conservation projects in the area that they have taken to policing the vast woodlands against loggers.

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