DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Airlines said on Saturday it was ready to transport Tanzanian perishable horticultural exports to overseas markets to meet the growing demand.
"With its large terminal facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Cargo can connect Tanzania's exporters directly with the buyers abroad," said Fitsmit Dejene, Ethiopian Airlines sales manager for Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.
Dejene said the move will reduce the trucking of the horticultural produce by exporters based in the northern regions to the Kenyan capital Nairobi where it is put on air freighters to Europe.
Horticulture, the fastest growing agriculture sub-sector in Tanzania, in 2016 generated 642 million U.S. dollars in export revenues, a sharp rise from 64 million U.S. dollars 10 years ago, according to the Tanzania Horticultural Association.
Horticulture has become the third in registering fast growth after tourism and the service sector in Tanzania.