Darakuta has a small amount of very productive agricultural lands where we produce sugar cane, corn and indigenous bananas.

We also grow our own eucalyptus trees which we use as powerline poles and other construction around the ranch.

Sugar Cane

Eucalyptus Trees


Sugar cane accounts for 80% of sugar produced worldwide; the rest is mainly extracted from sugar beets. More than 50% of production is manually harvested and predominantly grown in developing countries. Although Africa only accounts for about 5% of world cane sugar production, 30% of this comes from East Africa.

At Darakuta we do not mill or process our sugarcane, but sell directly to larger mill owners like Manyara Sugar Company Ltd. after harvesting manually. Working in the cane fields is tough business, but our skilled employees make it look like a piece of cake – take a look at the video opposite!


Starting in 2020, Darakuta has resumed production of hybrid maize. The invasive fall armyworm presents a significant challenge to maize production in this region. For this reason, Darakuta is implementing the push-pull method of pest control.




Eucalyptus trees and are a fast-growing source of wood and yield beautifully straight and long trunks that are ideal for holding power lines and for use in construction. The wood also contains a natural oil that repels termites, making it very useful in East Africa. However, Eucalyptus trees are water guzzlers and show allelopathic effects, meaning they release compounds that inhibit other plant species from growing nearby. Finally, they are a non-native species that originates from Australia and Indonesia, and can be somewhat fire prone due to the high oil content in their crowns.

For all the above reasons we grow eucalyptus for Ranch use only on a very small section of land, where water supply is sufficient, and manage it actively to prevent any unchecked spread.


Bananas are a staple part of the diet in Tanzania and are eaten in nearly all households. It is thought that more than 17 varieties of bananas are grown in Tanzania. As a result, they are also a very important cash crop for many agricultural areas in Tanzania, and outbreaks of Banana diseases like the destructive Banana Xanthomonas Wilt/Banana Bacterial Wilt have been a cause for concern. This bacterial disease causes yellowing and wilting of the leaves, uneven and premature ripening of the fruits and eventually, the plants rot and die. Due to the impact of these diseases, Darakuta has paused the large scale production of bananas and currently only produces for Ranch use.