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Tanzania: WEMA Seeds – a Science Breakthrough

Word is out that if you want to witness hope and optimists farmers, get kitted for destinations like Vitonga, one of the Mvomero villages, where Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) engage farmers in the field and demo trials.

An optimist Alfreda Jones, 35, a resident of Vitonga village nestled on green folding mountains of Uluguru, personifies hope. On July 17 this year, two weeks before the start of the famous annual agricultural exhibition known as Nane Nane, Alfreda peered into the distant horizon and quipped in her local Kiluguru vernacular: “When I saw your car I contemplated you have the keys to change my life.”

The maize yield in her demo plot where she planted seeds supplied to her by WEMA visually outweigh the yield in adjacent farms. Even Alfreda’s seven-year-old son Fred Jones knows the difference. Welcome to Mvomero district of Morogoro, where climate change – started dashing the hopes of resource-poor farmers.

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Tanzania: Central Banks in Africa Urged to Finance Agriculture

Nairobi — THE conference on revolutionising finance for agriculture value chains held recently in Nairobi has come to an end. Providing finance in agriculture was described as “putting the flesh on the skeleton.”

Speaking during the closing ceremony, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU Director, Mr Michael Hailu said the resolutions made by participants is a clear indicator that the conference was a huge success.

“The time for pilot and demonstration farms is over, it is time to replicate the success stories that we heard and scale up,” he said. Mr Hailu said apart from the ideas that had overflooded the conference, had a whopping 731 participants hailing from 81 countries, over 50 news articles, 52 blogs covered the event with a readership of over 5,000 people.

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Tanzania: More Research in Agriculture Needed to Eradicate Poverty

GOVERNMENT over the last three years invested over 25bn/- in research, especially on agriculture products, as one way of eradicating poverty.

This was said recently by the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, during a meeting which brought together agriculture experts from the world’s leading partnership in agriculture research.

The meeting which was hosted by IITA and CGIAR, a global partner that unites organisations engaged in research for a food secure future, brought together a consortium board and director generals of all 15 international centres that make up the CGIAR consortium.

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Tanzania: Partners Keen to Empower Millions of Farmers

GROWERS associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen farmers’ participation in the design and implementation of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).

The growers associations included Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF), the SAGCOT Centre Ltd and Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA).

According to SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Chief Executive Officer Mr Geoffrey Kirenga, the agreement symbolises the partnership approach that is required to ensure that investments in the corridor were inclusive, engage and benefit farmers.

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Tanzania: ‘Youths Should Engage in Farming’

Zanzibar — IN effort to encourage youths to take part in farming, Zanzibar is planning to develop programmes which help improve agriculture in villages.

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ms Mtumwa Kheir Mbarouk, said yesterday in the House that most youths do not like to remain in villages and work in farms because they think a lot of money is in towns.

“We want to help the youths so that they minimise rushing to towns. We want them to stay in villages and engage in farming,” said the deputy minister when responding to questions from Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub who asked why only elderly parents are farming.

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Tanzania: Biogas Project Benefits Smallholder Farmers

AN affordable, easy-to-use system that converts livestock waste into energy (biogas) has helped Tanzanian smallholder farmers spend less on fuel and yield better crops.

The system, known as GesiShamba (Farm Gas), uses manure and organic waste to produce gas for cooking, while its effluent is used as an organic fertiliser, boosting crop production.

According to Mr Tayeb Noorbhai, the Business Development Manager at SimGasTanzania Ltd, GesiShamba is one of 23 innovations selected out of 800 projects world-wide and now stands the chance of winning a global innovation award.

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Ivorian, Tanzanian firms win grants from agriculture fast track fund

Two firms: the National Federation of Food Production Cooperatives (FENACOVICI) of Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania-based Darsh Industries (a tomato processing company), have been awarded grants under the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT),” the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced late last week.

It said that the award coincided with the celebration of the 2013 World Food Day.

According to Chiji Ojukwu, the bank’s Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry, “these awards are a demonstration of the extent to which African countries and their development partners are willing to go to propel the African agriculture transformation through enhanced development of agribusinesses in a manner that is more consistent with how business and investors really work.”

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