President Samia Suluhu Hassan has provided 100 m/ to the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Hombolo Centre to increase the production of quality seeds for farmers.
Revealing this is the Centre Manager, Dr Joel Meliyo, according to him, the allocated funds have been used to improve the quality of seeds of various crops and ensure their availability.
He added that the research conducted by TARI Hombolo Centre aims to introduce productive technologies and provide quality seeds that are better than the local ones.
The efforts are expected to transform the agricultural sector and expand the scope of access to employment for youth and food sufficiency.
Dr Meliyo further said that TARI Hombolo Centre is conducting research on wheat, millet, sunflowers, cassava, and sweet potatoes. They are also collaborating with other centres to conduct research on other crops.
The Centre educates farmers on efficient ways in producing sorghum and sunflower. The Centre also provides quality seeds that take a long time in the field and produce less.
Farmers from Hombolo congratulated President Samia for giving priority to the agricultural sector, as it is the backbone of the nation.
The Research and Innovation Coordinator, Dr Eliud Kongola, said that TARI Hombolo has conducted various researches to determine the challenges facing farmers during this year’s farming season.
He noted that through the research, they have collected natural seeds of sorghum to preserve genetics for research use. The test according to him, is important as it will help increase productivity in the production of agricultural products.