All seedlings producers have to register with TOSCI, says Bashe

16May 2022
Correspondent
Dodoma
The Guardian
All seedlings producers have to register with TOSCI, says Bashe

AGRICULTURE Minister Hussein Bashe has given six months to all producers of seedlings of fruit trees to make sure they a are registered with Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) so as to be recognized for better quality fruit tree seedlings management and control.

Seedlings that have already been researched on include those for sugar cane, avocado, oil palm, cocoa, oranges, cashew nuts and bananas.

Others are mangoes, papaws, coffee, apples, tea and grapes

Bashe made the remarks at a forum for the launching of the better management system in regard to seedlings held here at the weekend that aimed to ensure seedlings quality to benefit farmers.

He said after the expiry of the six months given, all those who will not be registered with TOSCI will be banned from the seedlings production business.

He added that the management of seedlings quality has been established to stop poor production that has not been benefitting farmers.

“TOSCI must make sure to visit all production areas to identify, provide education and register producers of seedlings to make sure they produce quality seedlings to meet market demand,” said Bashe.

He said TOSCI and TARI should research on quality seeds and seedlings demanded by the market to ensure farmers get quality seeds that will increase their crop harvests.

He said the government will continue working together with its institutions and agriculture stakeholders to make sure agriculture continues to contribute a big part in job opportunities to the youth as well for the national economic growth.

For his part TOSCI CEO, Patrick Ngwediagi said they will continue to monitor and make sure whether all producers of seedlings abide by the country’s laws and regulations in regard to the seedlings business.

Resident Manager of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Vianey Rweyendela said his institution will continue offering its cooperation to make sure the seeds sector is strengthened for the country’s agricultural development.

The launching of the better management system in regard to seedlings production was organised by TOSCI under the sponsorship of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), AGRA and Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA).

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