Researchers endorse improved bean seeds

21Jun 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Researchers endorse improved bean seeds

TANZANIAN researchers yesterday launched new beans varieties which are more resistant to drought and diseases.

Beans

The launched beans varieties will be useful to people suffering from stomach ailments and have always avoided beans, but now researchers have come up with new beans varieties that will be friendly to all sensitive colons.

Agricultural research institutes in the country here have just floated 27 new types of seed inputs among them nine new beans varieties that are more resistant to drought and diseases in addition to featuring faster ripening duration.

The new and improved bean seeds produce from research centres based in Arusha and Mbeya Regions were launched during the National Pulse and Leguminous Crops Day held in Arusha.

They have been named as Lyamungo 90’ and 85, Jesca, Uyole Njano, Uyole 96, Calima, Seliani 97, Bilfa and Seliani 94.

“The new bean seeds are also bountiful, being capable of producing 1.2 tons per acre which is six-times the current rate and rather major stride from the traditionally recycled seeds whose yielding capacity stands at 200 kilogram per acre,” said Firmin Mizambwa, Chief Executive Officer for the Agriculture Seeds Agency (ASA).

But according to experts the new improved beans will also be health conscious on that, they can be consumed by people who suffer from stomach ulcers. “They are less acidic thus safe for all people,” the official said.

Seed producers in the country have also been found to be heavily dependent on rain to grow the inputs something which plagues agricultural development in Tanzania.
That was among the various observations tabled during the special farmers day, held to mark the national leguminous and pulse crops week, staged at Enkare-Olmotonyi area of Arumeru District and attracting peasants, famers and other growers from Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro Regions.

However, according to Mizambwa, seed supply has always been a problem because when the farmers gets ready to plant, thus requiring seeds, it is also the same time that seed growers also go down to plant their own.

“We need to synchronize the time when seed producer readies their inputs and the planting season for farmers if we are to be sure of interdependency between the two parties,” he said.

As far as the Agriculture Seeds Agency CEO is concerned, seed producers must use alternative ways other than waiting for rain like ordinary farmers.
Experts here have also stated that Arusha lags behind when it comes to making use of properly research and grown seeds despite the fact that many of the agricultural research institutes are based here.

“Only 25 percent of farmers use improved seeds varieties in the country and surprisingly many are those in Dodoma, Singida, Mwanza, Tanga and Coast,” said Wilson Nkhambaku, the Arumeru District Commissioner.

He added that Arusha, despite hosting many of the agricultural research centers does not make use of the new seeds.