MBEYA’S Uyole Agricultural Research Institute has carried out intensive survey to characterize soils in the regions of southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) in efforts to transform agriculture within the southern highlands.
Under its brief, the Uyole Research Institute carries out soil analysis and recommends appropriate fertilizer use in the seven regions of Mbeya, Iringa, Ruvuma, Njombe, Rukwa and Katavi and Songwe – which are home to 30 districts.
The seven regions have a combined 16.24 per cent of the country’s 44.9 million population, and contributes to 41 per cent of maize production to the food basket; Mbeya alone produces 12 per cent of the country’s rice output and 90 per cent of potatoes.
These figures were revealed by health of soil researcher at Uyole, Mr William Mmari when he was briefing Rukwa Regional Commissioner Zelothe Steven and his delegation. The RC and his delegation were at Uyole on a study tour.
“… intensive soil surveys were done to characterize soils in the SAGCOT regions … the outputs will include soil maps, crop suitability and fertilizer recommendations for different crops,” he said, in part.
“These will, in turn, be made available to respective districts and the Tanzania Investment Centre … to open room for more investments in the agriculture sector,” he added. Mmari also said that, within Rukwa region, some 1,248 soil samples were collected in three districts of Sumbawanga (280); Kalambo (480); and Nkasi (488).
On his part, Rukwa Regional Commissioner Zelothe Stephen urged the Uyole Agriculture Re search Institute to strengthen its scientific research including soil and plants analysis to bring about green revolution in the southern zone regions.
On his welcoming note, Zonal Director of Research and Development, Southern Highlands Zone at the Uyole Agricultural Research Institute, Dr Tulole Lugendo Bucheyeki said ARIUyole has long-time experience of collaborating and partnering with national and international development partners in research and development.
In addition, ARI-Uyole benefits from capacity building support of researchers at graduate levels, short trainings, workshops and meetings. He further said that recently, the ARI-Uyole has come into collaboration and partnership with “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)” programmes, in Crop Improvement and Soil Health.