Assessment of Practices of Agricultural Production, Marketing and Domestic Trade Policies in Tanzania: The Case of Sesame (Sesamum Indicum L.).

    Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) is one of the crops whose potential has not been tapped adequately and its benefits not reached the majority resource poor farmers in Tanzania. Edible oilseeds like sesame have the potential for a strong industry in Tanzania, but the industry has been given less attention, which is disquieting given the scale of production. Sesame is one of the main export oriented oilseed crops from Mtwara and Lindi who are currently the main producers in Tanzania. The regions account for 35% of the total sesame seeds export in Tanzania which benefits about 80,000 producers in the two regions.

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