Sisal board introduces mobile decorticators to revolutionise farming
Friday, October 19, 2012
Way back in the early 60s, the sisal industry was the best organised commercial agriculture in East Africa with Tanzania leading in terms of production, followed by Brazil.
In 1964, for example, Tanzania produced 240,000 tons of sisal fibre from an area of 487,000 hectares of sisal.
In effect, the industry was the largest single employer and the crop, the major foreign exchange earner for the economy.
Up to 1967, the industry was in private hands. But with the proclamation of the then famous Arusha Declaration, all major economic activities became under state control where over 50 percent of the industry was nationalized.
Most owners of such entities went in confused circles, not knowing what to do next. Along with the move, were houses, high-rise buildings whose value was estimated to cost 100,000/- and above.