To fuel a pace of much-needed industrial economy in the country, the experts have insisted that farmers and livestock keepers in Tanzania must adopt the uses of modern agricultural and animal husbandry machineries and other best practices as part to improve their production and productivity.
Moreover, it has been suggested that applications of modern agricultural and animal husbandry machinery would also help the country compete effectively in relevant international markets.
Head of the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI), Dr Eligy Shirima, told The Guardian in an interview that the institute has well prepared to demonstrate and impart useful technology to livestock keepers in the course of the envisaged Nanenane exhibitions.
Some of the technologies, according to him, will base on livestock improvement and husbandry, pasture and forages, harvesting and conservation of pasture seeds, small ruminants, dairy cattle, whereby others will major on milk and meat processing as well as fattening of livestock (feedlot of livestock).
"And, we’re planning also to run a brief theoretical session to impart the livestock keepers over the Multiple Ovulation and Embryo Transfer (MOET) technology which is on pipeline to be introduced to them later in the future," he briefed.
The TALIRI’ s General Director explained that the high-technology, MOET, targets to expand multiplication of quality livestock (dairy and beef) in the country through a massive production of heifers using high reproductive technological methods.
For his part, branch manager for Poly Machinery Co. Ltd, Dickson Raymond, said the company has set out to educate and market key agricultural and husbandry machinery, with an eye to enable indigenous farmers to yield bumper harvests, but also, meeting required international standards.
He detailed that the major focus of the company was to supplement efforts by the fifth phase government in elevating performance of farmers and crops processors through adoption and uses of key technologies.
"These machines are useful in ensuring productivity of produced crops and are also very useful in curtailing post-harvest losses," he elaborated.
He named some of the machines as maize sheller, hammer mill, packing machines for spices, rice and flour, threshers, combined rice mill, platform scale, oil filter, peanut shellers, incubators, feed processors and pellet feed machines, to mention just a few.
Agriculture minister Josephat Hasunga said the parent ministry has embarked on a special strategy to educate and sensitise the farmers in the country to adopt modern technology in order to cheat hand –hoe cultivation.
He said the fifth phase government was focusing to improve the performance of the agribusiness sector within the country, a situation which, according to him, will see Tanzania benefiting accordingly from the side as well as enabling many farmers graduating from poverty.
At least 58 percent of Tanzanians are employed in agriculture and contribute 26 percent of the countries as well as 30 percent of all foreign currencies.