IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

11/21/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 18:10

Tanzania Agriculture PS acknowledges and lauds IITA research work

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania, has recognizedthe importance of research conducted by IITAand partners to address challenges in the horticulture sector as well as the presence and work done by IITA in Tanzania in general. The PS said he was well aware of the Institute's work in the country and termed it excellent work toward transforming the agricultural sector.

The PS, Mr Gerald Kusaya, said this while attending an event at the World Vegetable Center East and Southern Africa, Arusha Region, Tanzania, where he was the guest of honor on 7 November 2020.

The PS acknowledged the importance of the ongoing research inthe horticultural fieldand said it was important for research institutions to prioritize and develop work plans that respond to the country's Agricultural Sector Development Strategy-II.

'We are working with many partners, including farmers, to ensure the horticultural sectorissustainable and beneficial to the communities. Research institutesare critical. Our target is to ensure the research results reach farmers strengthening theaccessibility and availability of the extension officers to support farmers in vegetable production,'said the Hon. Permanent Secretary

IITA participation at the event was led by Prof. Bekunda Mateete, IITA-Chief Scientist and the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING) Eastern and Southern Africa Project Coordinator, who represented IITA management.

Mateete, while briefing the PS on IITA activities in the country and the joint effort with the World Vegetable Center to enhance healthy vegetable production, acknowledged the effort the Ministry of Agriculture toward developing the agricultural sector in the country.

In his speech, the WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Director, Dr Gabriel Rugalema,acknowledged the excellent partnership between the research institutesin the country, including IITA, the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), and other research centers, in promoting sustainable,best technologiesto boost fruit and vegetableproductionin the country while addressing pest and disease challenges and market issues.

The event included a series of activities, including a tourof the laboratories and farms where vegetable and fruit experiments are conducted,followed by discussions with the staff about work-related cross-cutting issues.

The launching of the event was attended by staff from WorldVeg, including research scientists, the management and others, partners from TARI, and representatives from the IITA.

'We are pleased with your visit and invite you to see the ongoing research project often; IITA will be waiting to receive you. We also acknowledge the Ministry's incredible work and are thankful for the support toward research activities,'said Eveline Massam, the Africa RISING ESA project Communication officer, at the end of the event