Establishing the potential of mango value chain as a source of income in Urambo district, Tanzania

dc.contributor.authorMkenda, Florentine Msafiri
dc.description.abstractA study was conducted in Urambo District from mid 2009 to mid 2010 to identify challenges to production of mango; assess the contribution of mango to the HH income and to compare the net income between the producers and traders. Secondary data were collected from District Council Offices, SNAL and internet. Purposive sampling was used to select 10 villages based on potential for mango production. A random sample of 260 mango producers and 40 traders who sell mangoes at the markets of Urambo, Tabora and Dodoma were selected for interview. The cross sectional data were collected analysed descriptively and hypotheses tested. Results show that challenges facing mango industry include poor unreliable markets, lack of fruit processing, poor credit, absence of commercial varieties, pests and diseases and poor transportation. Regression of socio- economic variables on mango income showed that mango production experience, mango trees owned and land size significantly add to mango income (P<0.01) whereas labour size and education level reduce the income (P<0.1) and the proxy for post harvest loss significantly reduce mango income (P<0.01). While currently tobacco adds 47% to total HH income, mango contributes 7 %, but if mango market clears its contribution triples to 21%. Furthermore access to more urban markets such as Dodoma triples the income from mango again to 60% and overtakes tobacco. The hypotheses tested showed significant difference in net gain per sack between traders and producers (P<0.05). The study concluded that mango is a potential source of income if efficiently exploited. So the government and NGOs should improve advisory on the crop husbandry, transportation and sensitize fruit processing to make products such as dried mangoes, pickles, juice and jam3 in order to improve farmers access to expanding market.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMkenda F.M(2011)Establishing the potential of mango value chain as a source of income in urambo district, tanzania. Morogoro; Sokoine university of agriculture. Mkenda Florentine Msafirien_US
dc.publisherSokoine University of Agricultureen_US
dc.subjectMango productionen_US
dc.subjectHH incomeen_US
dc.subjectUrambo Districten_US
dc.titleEstablishing the potential of mango value chain as a source of income in Urambo district, Tanzaniaen_US


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