Samia dishes out 100m/- for quality seeds production

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has dished out 100m/- to the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Hombolo Centre for increasing production of quality seeds for farmers.

Speaking in Dodoma during an interview with the ‘Daily News’ TARI Hombolo Centre Manager, Dr Joel Meliyo, said the funds have been spent to improve quality seeds of various crops and ensure their availability.

“This year President Samia has provided 100m/- for production of quality seeds in our centre; these are among the great efforts that continue to be made by the Sixth Phase Government, we believe that the use of quality seeds will help in transform the agriculture sector, ” he said.

Dr Meliyo further said that Tanzanians should expect to get productive technologies, good seeds and good agricultural principles because TARI Hombolo Research Centre is conducting research on wheat, millet and breeding, but in collaboration with other centres, is conducting research on other crops such as sunflowers, cassava and sweet potatoes.

He said that TARI Hombolo Centre also provides training to farmers on how to produce sorghum and sunflower efficiently as well as providing quality seeds that are better than the local ones and take a long time in the field and produce less.

“This research aims at introducing productive technologies for farmers, and quality seeds for sorghum that are planted in regions with unpredictable weather, especially Dodoma, Singida, Simiyu and Shinyanga,” he said.

For his part, the Research and Innovation Coordinator Dr Eliud Kongola also said that during this year’s farming season, TARI Hombolo has conducted various researches to determine various challenges facing farmers.

He noted that through the research they have collected natural seeds of sorghum, to preserve genetics for research use.

“We are continuing with research in the sorghum crop where we are currently looking at planting spaces, it is an important test because it will help increase productivity in the production of agricultural products,” he said.

“Sorghum is the crop that is being cultivated most because it can tolerate drought, we expect that the studies we are conducting will bring positive results to individual farmers and the nation as a whole if well used by farmers,” he added.

Speaking at different times, Hombolo farmers have congratulated President Dr. Samia for giving priority to the agricultural sector because it is the backbone of the Nation.

Rabia Chikitu a farmer from Hombolo said that President Samia is committed to make revolution in agricultural sector, because she has increased its budget and ensure availability of subsidised inputs as well as quality seeds. She said that the efforts are aimed at expanding the scope of access to employment for youth and food sufficiency.

“We citizens are very satisfied with her performance because we see her efforts especially in ensuring availability of fertilizers and quality seeds for crops.

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