By Leonard Magomba, B4FA Media Fellow, Tanzania
We started our trip at the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) where we met the CEO and had a chat with regard to what SAGCOT is doing in Tanzania, why it was formulated as well as challenges.
The next day we traveled to Morogoro, our trip took about 4 hours. In Morogoro we first met Mr Mashauri, the CEO of Tanseed International. He gave us a brief overview with regard to how his organisation partners with small scale farmers to produce seeds.
He also briefed us about production of seeds, and how to prepare a suitable farm for producting seeds. Later on we went to have a lunch with farmers and we boarded a bus to Mshauri’s pavilion at Nane Nane Grounds where we also get briefing by small scale farmers on how they partner with Tanseed to produce seeds, how they are being supported as well as challenges they face.
The next day at 9am we met the Managing Director of ASA (Agricultural Seed Agency), the MD told us about the function of ASA and what is doing with regard to seed production.
He also briefed us on best seed storage practise, so as to maintain its quality and according to him, Tanzanians are facing serious challenge of technical know-how, many of them don’t know how to use modern technology and this becomes a challenge but also funding according to him, contribute immensely to the drawback of agriculture growth.
After briefing from ASA, we went to visit Abood TV Newsroom. We had decided to tour the TV station because we did not manage to
visit at the Kibaha Research Institute as according to Mr Kiddo Mtunda, most of the senior staff were at sugarcane, cassava and sweet potatoes fields.
Mr Kiddo was also away to attend a meeting at the agricultural ministry in DSM. However, he said he will plan for us a tour in few days time if we still want to visit them.
We arrived in Dar es Salaam at 5pm and general, our trip was super as most of the briefing we received was so wonderful and fruitful.