Weekly News Bulletin - BIOFACH 2017: 15/07/2016

This week's bulletin is about Quality Declared Seeds in Nanyumbu District and an introduction to BIOFACH 2017

TABIO Transform Nanyumbu District with Quality Declared Seeds

Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a crop of global importance and is one of the dominant crops in Tanzania that enables smallholder farmers to grow both food and income. It is one of the biggest sources of fats, protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins for human consumption and can also be used as an animal feed. Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), with support from Swissaid Tanzania, is implementing a project called Seed for self-reliance in Masasi, Mtwara and Nanyumbu districts of Mtwara region. The project supported 6 farmers groups in Nanyumbu district in the multiplication of quality declared seeds (QDS) of groundnuts (Pendo variety). The supported groups were Tumaini, Jiandae Kilimo, Tupendane Mkalapa, Komboa, Jitegemee and Tuleane.

TABIO support came after the farmers groups were hit by the viral groundnut rosette disease which has severely affected groundnuts in the district. The groups were supported with about 40kg each of groundnuts seeds. They were also trained on all agronomical practices necessary for QDS multiplication. The groups worked closely with the District Agriculture Extension Officer and the TOSCI Focal Person in the district, who guided them on proper management of their farms. Each group harvested over 300kg of groundnuts which will be used in the next growing season to multiply more seeds.

The harvested seeds will be shared to other members of the group and beyond in order to make sure that more seeds are multiplied and to combat seed shortage in the district. Samples of the harvested seeds have been collected and sent to the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) for testing before being approved as QDS. Approval will enable farmers in the district to have access to a reliable source of groundnut seed at a reasonable cost. TABIO managed to boost farmers’ livelihoods by increasing harvest and availability of farmer-produced seed, which will assure agricultural production next season.


 

BIOFACH 2017: An Opportunity for Organic Stakeholders in Tanzania

 

“BIOFACH in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg is the place where people share their passionate interest in organic food, get to know each other and exchange views, and this for more than 25 years! Join us in a world of organic products and taste. As a visiting professional you can meet organic producers from the international organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest international trends. Enter the world of organic food – into organic.” -­ From Biofach: www.biofach.de/en

We encourage Tanzanian organic stakeholders to apply to aPend Biofach 2017 by downloading the form attached below this bulletin. Please return your filled-­in forms to TOAM Marketing Officer Jane Albert via email: janealbert777@gmail.com