The International Potato Center is collaborating with scientists from the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) in Ukiriguru to conduct trainings on quality seed production and agribusiness skills among sweet potato seed producers at the Lake Zone Tanzania.
Tanzania ranks second in sweet potato production in Africa. Still, yields continue to be sub-optimal due to challenges such as poor soil fertility and use of virus-infected seed. Apart from this, the largest challenge to farmers is limited availability and access to high-quality seed. Most farmers in Tanzania currently recycle planting material. That’s why access to certified, high-quality seed could unlock the potential for higher yields, resulting in better income for farmers.
The new seed producers will buy pre-basic seed from TARI, who will guide them through the steps of seed multiplication according to the quality standard protocols set by the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI).