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Tanzania common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) or haragwe in Swahili is perhaps the most essential leguminous staple in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Only maize is more in circulation than the bean. It is the primary source of protein for the locals. It is a piece and parcel of any Tanzanian farm for both subsistence and cash crop reasons. In this East African nation, this legume is so diverse that it sometimes takes the place of popular cereals like maize, wheat, and rice during times of shortage. It constitutes a daily portion of diet for 80 percent of locals, all of whom depend on farming for a livelihood. It grows mainly in the highlands of the north, south, and east.
The common bean came to Tanzania in the early 1700s A.D., from the United States. It is not only one of the principal crops in the country but a source of varieties. Common genotypes here include Gonka, Nanka, Beti10, Nkanamna, and Mexico54 among others. These cultivars consist of different-colored, large and small-sized bean variations.
We source our crop of Tanzania common beans from all parts of the nation, especially the highlands of Morogolo, Arusha, and Iringa. We only make deals with family growers who have less than two acres of land. They typically intercrop this nitrogen-fixing legume with grains like maize and sorghum. They keep off harmful pesticides but double on their efforts in the application of farmyard manure.
We harvest the Tanzania common bean when it is completely dry, and the plant’s leaves are almost dried up. This is usually about 55 to 60 days after the planting date. The seeds are all green at their most tender stages of development and qualify as ‘eat-all’ snap beans if picked then. We harvest them however as they near maturity when they turn to their speckled or uniform colors for diverse cultivars. We usually cut off the whole plant with its shriveled brown pods to take to the threshing and winnowing point.
We thresh Tanzania common beans by hand and mechanical means. The hand method entails placing the dried stalks with pods between two clean mats and rolling a pin that cracks open the pods. Our mostly women workers at this stage carefully winnow the seeds in a windy place: light specks fly off, leaving the debris-free beans on the mat. Our workers then remove any grains of sand from the seeds and empty the produce into baskets.
Mechanical harvesting completes the winnowing process through a combine harvester. We also use other methods such as hand machines that de-hull the seeds. We then air-compress the exposed beans so that specks fly off and leave the edible seeds behind. Unlike the manual method, both combine harvester and machine threshing take place in just a couple of minutes.
We pack Tanzania common beans in 50-kilogram bags, custom sacks and produce cartons. Our cartons have a basic capacity for 6.8 kilograms per package. We also have larger boxes that contain 11.7 kilograms of the produce. Our largest boxes weigh about 14 kilograms when full. We present the packages in an immaculately sealed condition that keeps the dry produce safe from weather and mechanical effects. We attach produce labels with the details of the name of the cultivar, its net weight and the country of origin.
We store Tanzania common beans in a well-ventilated, cool, dry environment in polythene bags to keep away weevils and other pests. We maintain a temperature of at least 10 degrees Celsius. With a moisture level of 5 to 7 percent, the seeds can store in their original condition for 12 months.
We also transport the harvest under the same low-temperature conditions via our trucks fitted with modified environment interiors. The cargo leaves the port of Dar-es-Salaam by sea on the same date of packing to expedite delivery to your destination.
Thus, if you are looking forward to designated flexible packages of Tanzania beans from the best sources, you now have a reliable supplier. As it comes from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified family growers, our legume crop comes free of residual levels. We have many quality connections with farmers from across the country: this is enough guarantee of sufficient tonnage in any variety. We make the deal even more attractive by attaching pocket-friendly prices. This is why you need to start by making an order today!
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