Speaking during the ongoing Nanenane Agricultural Exhibition at Nyakabindi grounds in Simiyu Region, TaCRI’s Head of Technology Distribution and Training Dr Magesa Jeremiah said the seedlings for the improved half-caste coffee species are produced coffee seeds and farmers can plant many seedlings in a small area.
He said in the research the Arabica species have shown capability to withstand diseases including withering and mature in a short period.
Magesa said 3,000 seedlings of the new species can be planted in one hectare as opposed with the former species when only 1,500 could be planted in one hectare.
TaCRI Director Dr Deusdedit Kilambo said already they have identified new areas for coffee growing including Tanganyika District in Katavi Region and in Uluguru Mountains areas in Morogoro Region.
Dr Kilambo said as for now they have seedlings for 23 new coffee species which they will plant in both old and new coffee growing areas but cautioned that farmers might not get better yields therefrom if they do not abide by the appropriate coffee growing procedures.
Stephen Marco, farmer from Nyantira village, Nyansincha Ward in Tarime Rural District, Mara Region said the new Arabica coffee species has increased his income and better living standard, attributing the achievement by adhering to guidelines from TaCRI.