TARI-Uyole urges farmers to adopt farming of nutritional crops

10Jul 2020
The Guardian
TARI-Uyole urges farmers to adopt farming of nutritional crops

FARMERS in the southern highlands zone have been advised to adopt the cultivation of nutritional crops that have been researched by the Uyole Centre of Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TRAI-Uyole) that specializes in cash crops.

Speaking to reporters, TARI-Uyole Director Dr Tulole Bucheyeki said they have produced enough seeds for nutritional crops including maize, beans, and potatoes that have adequate nutrients to counter malnutrition in children.

He said the crops grow well in all Southern Highlands regions, the regions with higher levels of children’s malnutrition than the regions that do not grow these crops in abundance.

“These crops are in very high market demand, and in addition they are used as food and have essential vitamins that fight malnutrition to children,” Dr Bucheyeki said.

He called upon all those needing to cultivate the crops to go to the centre for quality seeds in their areas and will be given training in modern farming methods.

Dr Bucheyeki further said they have prepared study farms at the centre used to train farmers on modern farming methods.

He said for this year’s Nanenane Exhibition they have prepared study farms for educating farmers and other people.

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