Loata Ole Sanare, the Morogoro Regional Commissioner and chairman of the exhibition’s preparatory committee said that preparations of the annual event are almost complete.
He called on Tanzanians to attend in large numbers to learn various technologies on modern farming and livestock keeping methods from various agricultural research institutes.
Ilonga Centre of the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Ilonga) that incorporates the eastern Zone, Dr Joel Meriyo said in this year’s exhibition they have come up with new technologies on crops seeds that can withstand plant diseases and destructive pests on crops as well as increasing yield thereof.
Meriyo said the seedlings in their pavilion this year aim to transform a farmer from traditional production of crops to profitable commercial production by using quality seeds that withstand plant diseases and destructive pests including army worms.
He mentioned the seedlings to be found at TARI-Ilonga pavilion as including those for cereals crops – maize, millet, rice, sorghum, oil based plants such as sunflower, coconut and sesame.
He also mentioned seedlings for leguminous crops such as beans, grams, chicken peas, and others for sugar cane, cotton, cassava, potatoes and various vegetables.
He said TARI has mobilised themselves to provide education to all farmers who will be visiting their pavilion.
The manager of TARI-Kibaha Centre that deals with the sugar cane crop, Dr Hildelitha Msita said at the exhibition they have come up with new technology seeds for sugar production in the country and called upon farmers to come in big numbers to learn.
The TARI-Dakawa Centre Manager that deals in rice farming, Jarome Mgase said they have done research and have come up with many rice seeds that grow in various areas of the country, including those for irrigation farming, in arid areas, valleys, salty water including hilly areas where the yields reach four tonnes per hectare, and which can withstand various rice diseases.
TARI Coordinator of Research for Eastern Zone Meshack Makenge said apart from displaying the new modern technology seeds, they will also educate farmers and livestock keepers yon how to utilise a small area of land for increased yields.