By VALENTINE OFORO, DODOMA
THE Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) has launched the Agricultural Technology Hub (ATH) in Dodoma region in a bid to help increase the production and productivity of key crops among the farmers in the central zone corridor.
Installed at Nanenane ground, the centre has been tailored to impart the agricultural extension officers and farmers in Dodoma and Singida regions with useful farming technologies.
Among the technologies, including improved seed technologies, good agronomic practices, post-harvest management, social-economic and farming system as well as integrated pest management, to mention but a few.
Speaking shortly after launching the hub, TARI’s Director General , Dr Geofrey Mkamilo observed that the major barrier of Tanzania’s agriculture sector was poor productivity among local farmers.
“Tanzania has been endowed with vast arable land that supports the production of different food and economic cash crops but the problem is poor productivity among our farming system,” he observed.
He challenged the farmers and agricultural extension officers in Dodoma and Singida regions to make sober use of the centre in order to acquire helpful agro knowledge to help increase their productivity.
And he added the other factor which is upsetting the local agriculture sector was the lack of improved seed varieties.
He said the institute was currently implementing a countrywide strategy to impart the farmers with needed agronomic practices and technology.
So far, he observed, the institute has already opened at least 8 agricultural technology hubs to serve the farmers in different zones.
“We’re working round the clock to uplift productivity among local farmers through imparting them with modern agro-technology,” he detailed.