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Zanzibar urges traders to stop buying cloves directly from farmers

Tanzania’s Zanzibar authorities on Tuesday warned traders against buying cloves directly from farmers.
Said Seif Mzee, the Managing Director of the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation (ZSTC), sounded the warning after it was established that some traders were buying the cash crop directly from farmers.
“Only ZSTC is entrusted to buy cloves from farmers according to the Cloves Act of 2011. This law is intended to protect cloves farmers from being exploited by the traders,” said Mzee.
He said traders implicated in buying cloves directly from farmers will face the full force of the law, including charging them in courts with economic sabotage and smuggling of the crop.
Mzee said ZSTC was buying a kilogram of cloves for 14,000 Tanzanian shillings (about 6 U.S. dollars) despite a drop in global cloves prices.
He said ZSTC has already bought 4,000 tonnes of the crop from farmers in the current farming season from 33 centers located in Zanzibar’s twin Islands of Pemba and Unguja.
Zanzibar is known for production of high quality cloves where more than 6,000 tonnes of cloves are produced annually. Enditem

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