About Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI)

The Northern Zone Agricultural Research and Training Institute (NZARTI) is one of the seven zones under the Department of Research and Trainning (DRT) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFSC). The Zone is made up of three regions namely, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara Region. Lushoto District and Amani Division in Muheza District in Tanga Region are also part of the Northern Zone research. Arusha Region is comprised of 6 districts, Kilimanjaro Region 7 disticts and Manyara Region 5 districts. The Zone therefore serves a total of 18 districts characterized into 17 Farming Systems. The zone is characterized by several agro-ecological sub-zones with elevation varying from 400-1930 m.a.s.l. and annual rainfall ranging from 150 mm to 1500 mm.

There are three (3) main reasearch stations in the Zone which are:

*       Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Arusha

*       Horticultural Research and Training institute (HORTI) Tengeru, Arusha

*       Kilimanjaro Agricultural Training Centre (KATC), Moshi.

Selian which is the Zonal Headquarters has research mandate for Food Crops, Natural Resource Management, Farming Systems and Socio-economics and Livestock Research. HORTI Tengeru has research mandate for Horticultural Crops, Bananas, Roots and Tbers. KATC deals with research and training on Rice Production

 

About DONATA-QPM Tanzania

 In recognizing the need for more dissemination efforts of Quality Protein Maize (QPM) in Eastern Zone of Tanzania, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) developed a project for increasing availability, production and utilization of QPM technologies in the zone. The African Development Bank (AfDB) under Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA) Programme funds this project. The project uses an approach known as “Innovative Platforms for Technology Adoption (IPTAs). The approach involves researchers, extensionists, farmers, policy makers, farmers groups, community based organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector, seed companies, input suppliers, processors, suppliers of processing equipment and other stakeholders to share information/knowledge and skills on proven technologies in order to widely disseminate the technologies.

In August 2008, a two-day stakeholders meeting was organized in order to launch the project in Tanzania and also establish the IPTAs for implementing the project. Participants for the meeting came from Kilosa, Kilindi and Muheza Districts which were the pilot areas in the Eastern Zone for the Project. In 2011 the project addes other two districts (Korogwe and Mikumi)

 

Message from the DONATA-QPM Tanzania Focal Pesron

Rose Matiko ubwe, who is the Focal Person for the project welcomes all partners to work together for dissemination of the promising QPM varieties