On Monday, Tanzania signed an agreement with the World Vegetable Center, an international nonprofit institute for vegetable research and development. It was signed in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Signees were the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Gerald Kusaya, on behalf of the government, and the World Vegetable Center director for the East African and Southern region, Gabriel Rugalema.
Kusaya said: “The government intends to boost production of vegetables in order to improve the nutrition of people and enhance food security.”
The agreement entailed three areas of collection, processing and storage of improved seeds for increasing vegetable production in the east African nation. It also involved research on vegetable seeds that were resistant to diseases, pests and hostile environment, including climate change and its impacts.
Kusaya said there were 14 training institutes and 17 agricultural research centers under the Ministry of Agriculture that will be engaged towards the development of vegetables as entailed in the agreement.