Research institutes/centre’s
Makutupora Viticulture Research and Training Centre (VRTC)
Zonal Headquarters
The Makutupora Viticulture Research and Training Centre (VRTC) was established in 1978 under the Dodoma Rural Development Project (DODEP) and supported by the Dodoma Regional Development Administration, the Community Development Trust Fund of Tanzania and Kuebel Stiftung of West Germany. The VRTC was managed by Kuebel Stifting until 1986 when it was handed over to the Regional Authorities and then in 1987 to Ministry of Agriculture. It is now under the DRD of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). It has the mandate to undertake vine research for the benefit of farmers; develop improved planting material and to conduct training in viticulture for farmers and extension staff. Also the centre is charge with conducting socio economic aspects and farming system research in the zone.
Region: Dodoma
District: Dodoma urban
Postal address: P.O. Box 1676, Dodoma  
Telephone: +255 26 2323634
05, 58.669 S
35, 46.093 E
Altitude: 1080m
Nearest Railway and Bus station: Dodoma (25 km)
VRTC Makutupora is 25 km away from Dodoma town, along Arusha road

Hombolo Agriculture Research Institute (ARI)
Hombolo was established in 1972 as an experimental sub-station to Ilonga for trials on drought-resistant crops. It is now under the Central Zone Research, DRD of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). It has the mandate is to undertake research on agronomical packages on sorghum and pearl millet, cassava and sweet potatoes, develop improved planting material/varieties and conducting soils and water conservation measures.
Region Dodoma
District: Dodoma urban
Postal Address: P.O. Box 299, Dodoma.
Latitude: 05º58'S
Longitude: 35º57'E
Altitude: 1,070m
Nearest Railway and Bus Station: Dodoma (40km)

Executive Summary
The Central Zone Agricultural Research Development is charged with facilitating the development of sustainable agriculture for increased productivity and profitability so as to enhance income and food security.
The zone is entrusted with the following main functions:
(i)           To coordinate, enhance and strengthen matters related to crop and livestock research and development.
(ii)          To implement interventions towards poverty eradication, technical guidance to crop and livestock research and development.
(iii)        Promote measures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services in the crop and livestock (agricultural) sector
With its mandate to crop and livestock research and development CZ has a challenge of playing effectively its facilitative role. This is done by organizing, informing, empowering, and enabling the crop and livestock farmers, notably the smallholder farmers in the agricultural sector to take advantage of the unfolding opportunities in the economy to enhance their productivity, income and livelihood.
The Vision
A nucleus for providing high quality expertise in crop and livestock production through research and dissemination of appropriate technologies that utilize natural resources in a sustainable and profitable manner by 2025
The Mission
To develop and avail quality agricultural technologies that considers the priorities of the clients through the following:
  1. Undertaking and coordinating research and development
  2. Improvement on resource use
  3. Improving human resource management
  4. Increasing technology uptake pathways
  5. Increasing transparency and accountability
  6. Enhance partnership with private sectors in the provision of quality crop and livestock products and services
Background information
The Central Zone has two administrative regions i.e Dodoma and Singida. This consists of ten districts namely; Dodoma urban, Chamwino, Bahi, Kongwa, Mpwapwa and Kondoa Districts in Dodoma Region; and Singida urban, Singida rural, Manyoni and Iramba districts in Singida region.
Central Zone is characterized by mono-modal rainfall pattern, commencing from December to April and long dry season (May to November). The annual rainfall in the Zone ranges between 300 to 800 mm with a mean of 600 mm marked with high variation in amount and distribution. Monthly temperatures vary between 150 C and 300 C.
The major foods crops grown in central zone include sorghum, pearl millet and maize. Other crops include groundnuts, bambara groundnuts, cowpeas, green gram, finger millet, rice, cassava, sunflower, grapes and horticultural crops. Major livestock species include cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry. Others include donkeys, rabbit and camels.
Research Institutions in the zone includes VRTC – Makutupora, ARI Hombolo which are under the Ministry of Agriculture and NLRI Mpwapwa and PRC Kongwa under the Ministry Livestock Development.
In discharging its functions Central Zone is guided by National Development Vision 2025, National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA), National Agricultural policy (NAP), National Livestock Policy (NALP), Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) and Agricultural Sector Development Programme (ASDP).
The CZ is charged with the mandate of conducting crops and livestock research as well as disseminating economically viable and efficient technologies for improved agricultural productivity.
Roles and Functions
         Agriculture and livestock Research activities
         Agricultural and livestock research strategies
         Crop varieties and livestock breeds and sub types improvement/development
         Crop and livestock Products Development
         Performance improvement and development of human resources under the zone
         Public/Private Partnerships
(i)           Conduct research and disseminate appropriate technology for crops and livestock production and disease control
(ii)          Collect, process, analyze, store and disseminate crops and livestock data and information;
(iii)        Create an enabling environment for effective private sector participation;
(iv)        Improve and conserve crop and livestock genetic resources;
(v)          Promote development of appropriate crop and livestock extension packages;
(vi)        Solicit research funds
(vii)       Facilitate short term training for extension staff and farmers
(viii)      Promote crop and livestock value added products and marketing;
(ix)        Promote integrated and sustainable use and management of rangelands, soil and water;
(x)          Promote production, utilization and conservation of animal feed resources (pasture and forage);
(xi)        Monitor and evaluate research projects/programmes;
The National Livestock Research Institute (NLRI) Mpwapwa developed improved livestock breeds, including Mpwapwa cattle and Blended goats. The breeds have been multiplied and disseminated for research and development purposes. Similarly, ARI- Makutupora and ARI-Hombolo in collaboration with other institutions have developed improved varieties of sorghum, pearl millet, cassava, simsim, grapes, vegatables (tomatoes, night shade, Ethiopian mustard, African eggplants and amaranthus) cowpeas, pigeon peas and sweet potatoes. Also improved management practices such as integrated striga management control, soil and water conservation, training and pruning regimes in grapes and soil fertility improvement have been developed and disseminated.
Through the Zonal Information and Extension Liaison Unit (ZIELU), the zone links with other service providers and disseminates crop and livestock technologies, information and product promotion.