The call was given this week by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Omary Mgumba when speaking to workers and staff of TARI-Uyole Centre in Mbeya City after visiting various agricultural stakeholders and listened to their complaints including lack of markets for their crops.
Mgumba said the institute has been doing a very good job in doing various researches on seeds but the main challenge is that some of the crops do not meet the market’s requirements.
He said as for now people need to be educated on commercial farming through better farming practices and direct them where markets can be found when they start farming.
“You researchers must do research for us – what the markets specifically need, quality of products needed, production costs, and at what time they are needed, that is where we shall be helping our farmers,” the deputy minister said.
TARI-Uyole director, Dr Tulole Bucheyeki said the government directives have been received and pledged to work on them since many of them are within the institute’s reach.
He said they will ensure they continue doing constructive research including on crops and markets as directed by the deputy minister.
Some of agriculture stakeholders told the deputy minister said they will ensure they work together with the government in order for the farmers to produce quality crops.
One of the stakeholders Raphael Ndelwa, a crop buyer in Mbeya Region said residents work hard, but the problem facing them is lack of capital.
He said in the circumstances he decided to give farmers agricultural inputs to be repaid after sale of their crops, adding that the procedure has been of great success and had motivated farmers.