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Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Closer to Ending Maize Disease

August 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

East Africa is inching closer to eradicating Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) with a variety of seeds that can tolerate and resist the disease undergoing national performance trials in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to be ready for planting in 2018.
Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in conjunction with …

Tanzania: new hybrid rice seed brings hope

July 25th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Farmers in Mvomero district have been cautioned against the use of unregistered seeds to avoid incurring losses due to low crop production. Acting Mvomero District Agriculture Officer, Lucy Mazengo, made the call on Wednesday when addressing farmer groups from villages in Dakawa Ward in Mvomero district. More than 60 farmers …

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels. See …

Tanzania: field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

July 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a …

Tanzania’s read to transact business on GM crops.

June 24th, 2016 / ISAAA. US

The Permanent Secretary of Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Honorable Florens Turuka has vouched for the country’s readiness to transact business on GM crops. Speaking at the launch of the ISAAA Global Report on Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops (2015), Honorable Turuka said the government intends to revolutionize agriculture by …

Cassava agronomy: ACAI starts trials in Nigeria, Tanzania

June 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Following a five-month progress report, the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) Project has established 137 limiting nutrient and 70 intercrop trials in a bid to crack the agronomy of cassava. A statement released by Godwin Atser, the Communication and Knowledge Exchange Expert disclosed that so far “20 limiting nutrient trials …

Biotechnology, Africa’s next frontier

April 20th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

The former Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Hon. Adam Kigoma Malima, has described modern biotechnology as the next frontier Africa has to conquer in order to ensure food security. At a week-long Africa leadership course on strategic planning and grassroots organising by the Cornell Alliance for …

The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

April 18th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Tanzanian Belinda Baraka (17) is one young entrepreneur who is looking to solve some of these challenges. Last year she started BITO Market, an online directory that allows farmers to connect with and sell their produce directly to end buyers. By cutting out the middlemen traditionally used in this process, …

Are small-scale coffee farmers in Tanzania safe from potential agrochemical health hazards?

January 15th, 2016 / B4FA.org

by Dr. Jared Bakuza, Dar es Salaam University College of Education, Tanzania
Introduction
Coffee is grown in several parts of Tanzania, including in the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga to the northeast, Kagera and Kigoma regions to the northwest, and Katavi, Mbeya and Iringa regions in the Southern Highlands. Since 2002, …

Weed that invades farms could poison people

January 4th, 2016 / The Citizen, Tanzania

A weed which has invaded wheat farms in Hanang District, Manyara region is poisonous to people, a former employee of the defunct National Milling Corporation (NMC) has said. “When it is in big quantity in a wheat consignment, it is dangerous as people used feel dizzy and vomited after consuming …