TARI completes research for revival of finger millet crop

23Jul 2020
The Guardian
TARI completes research for revival of finger millet crop

​​​​​​​TANZANIA Agricultural Research Institute Uyole Centre (TARI-Uyole) in Mbeya has completed research for the revival of the finger millet crop that is claimed to be in danger of disappearing due low production.

ARI-Uyole Director Dr Tulole Bucheyeki.

Despite low production the crop is claimed to be of high economic value, with experts saying it has more nutrients for the human health than other cereal crops.

Finger millet is said to originate in East Africa where it has been cultivated for many years until recent years when production started to drop.

In the circumstances TARI-Uyole experts decided to take steps to salvage it by mobilising its cultivation for the benefit of farmers and the nation in general.

Speaking to this paper at the weekend a senior researcher for rice and finger millet crops Dr Denis Tippe said to revive the crop they have come up with strategies to distribute three types of seeds that can be grown in all areas of the country.

Dr Tippe said Tanzanians have had a tradition in grinding the crop for flour used for porridge and other foods and various kinds of alcoholic drinks.

TARI-Uyole Director Dr Tulole Bucheyeki said already they have completed their research and obtained three types of quality finger millet seeds with high crop yields.

He said the seeds have started being distributed to various areas in the country and will be grown in consideration of the soil types aiming to increase harvests from six to 40 per acre.

TARI-Uyole Technolgy Distributor Rehema Ole-Seenga said apart from the finger millet crop, the institute has done research on many other crops that can help farmers extricate themselves from poverty.

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