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Tanzania Expects Normal March-to-May Rainfall in Crop Areas

Tanzania may receive “normal to above normal” rainfall in the March to May period in the northern parts of the country where coffee, cotton and tea are grown, the country’s weather office said.

“Rains are expected to start in the first week of March in Kagera and Mara regions and gradually spread over the rest of the basin during the second week,” the Tanzania Meteorological Agency said in a statement posted on its website today. “Most parts of Lake Victoria Basin (Kagera, Mwanza and Mara) are likely to experience normal to above normal rainfall, while Shinyanga region is expected to receive normal rains.”

Coffee in Tanzania is grown in the northern region of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Kagera and Tarime areas near the southern shores of Lake Victoria, according to the coffee board. Cotton is planted in Mwanza and Shinyanga, while tea is cultivated in Bukoba, both near Africa’s biggest fresh-water lake. Tea is also grown in Lushoto and Korogwe in the northeastern region of Tanga, and the southern regions of Mbeya and Iringa.

Tanzania vies with Kenya to be Africa’s fourth-biggest coffee producer, according to data on the International Coffee Organization’s website. Ethiopia, Uganda and Ivory Coast are the largest growers.

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